My setup definitely drafts harder in windy conditions. Kinda self-regulating, I guess, because I need more heat at those times. As for the fans, I can't really tell. If I'm running them, I need more heat and I am burning the stove hotter. I pretty much burn down to ash. A few really small pieces of charcoal, maybe. This is where really dry wood comes to play. I have found the Blaze King dealer network to pretty much suck. The dealer where I bought my stove is clueless. When I was trying to order parts for a used stove, it took a few more tries to find a dealer who would even try to help me. I did find one about an hour and a half away that seems really good. I know where to call the next time, and the first three will never hear from me again.