I built a fire this morning after the recent warm spell. We are starting a downward trending cold spell and I didn't want the house to cool down. I have always wondered about this and now I'm asking. My Buck 91 has an air sheath around it for the blower So I place my thermometer on the front above the door. This seems to be the hottest spot on the stove. With it reading 550 what do you think a comparable temperature would be on a stand-alone stove. With my cat cruising at about 1500 this is usually the temps I get. I hear people talking about running their stoves based on the stovetop temperatures (shutting air down at a certain temp. etc. )and wonder how this might compare. I usually pay more attention to my cat temps. How do you other insert owners do it ?