Hello, back with another question. So between yesterday and today I had three break in fires in my Drolet Escape 1800. Started small and gradually made them bigger. So I'm on my fourth burn. I had a nice bed of coals from the last burn and i load 4 nice size splits of misc dry hardwood, nothin crazy big. I leave the door open 10 minutes or so. Fire is taking off nicely. I close the door leaving air wide open. When there is a large amount of flames in the firebox I start backing it down gradually. I notice a slight glow from the middle secondary tube. I backed it to about 10%, which drolet states in the manual is a good goal. Flames go down, good amount of lazy flames and secondaries. I start back laying some flooring in the same room. About 20 minutes later I peek at the stove and the secondaries are going pretty crazy. I turned the air to closed. Didn't have much effect. Kept rocking for about 45 minutes. Stove was hot. I don't think too hot, nothing was glowing and didn't really make me too nervous. Now about an hour later, with air still closed, the flames are dying down. Is this normal? Is this what im after here or is that little bit of "taking off" a concern? Yes I should have a thermometer, but I don't yet. I ordered one, won't be here til tuesday. I've been enjoying the heck out of learning this stove, and thought I was directly seeing desired results with air control, but this kind of surprised me that it rolled along with air fully closed. Which brings me to another related question, why did Drolet make a hole in the intake so that it is impossible to fully close it? It isnt a mistake, it's a big ol 1/2" or bigger hole. Is that normal for stoves or is this a Drolet thing? Thanks guys!