Had 1st fire last night. Was very exciting! What a difference between that and the fire place we replaced. You can almost see the efficiency in action. Even the flames in the stove were different than what was. I burned 3 splits...enough to get the blower to kick on. Room was very nice and warm. I will get this hotter next time for breakin fire #2. I am confident we'll be able to keep our home warm and save hundreds of gallons of oil this winter! This forum really is great. I have learned a ton and have enjoyed this experience! In March I'll be screaming for warm weather - but right now - I'm pumped!