Hi all, I'm hours away from purchasing my first stove... WOO HOO!! All along, I've been thinking of a 2.2 cu.ft. Lopi Republic 1750 to heat as much of our "broken up" 1650 sq. ft. saltbox farm house. Can't afford much more (I think...). In a idyllic world, I'd want to burn 24/7, and burn fairly hard. However, sometimes we are away from about 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.. That's 10 hrs. The stove is rated at 10hrs. max burn. The local dealer laughs at the thought that I will be able to get anywhere NEAR 10 hrs. burn time on a 2.2 cu.ft. stove. He says more like 6-8, if I'm lucky. He says the stoves are rated by unrealistic standards. Anyone here heat 24/7 under circumstances similar to this, with a box around 2 cu/ft? Is my dealer correct, or is he under selling a medium-sized box? I've heard all the expected things... like... need good dry wood... need to load the box full, etc.. Also, some on here have really liked boxes that have a bypass damper. The size higher than the Lopi I'm looking at has a bypass damper. Is the main convenience difference that w. the bypass open you wouldn't have to wait around as much with the door cracked to help get cooler fires going? Does bypass damper remove having to crack the door upon start up?? Hope you're looking forward to cool weather!