Ok first off, how do I tighten the main damper? Mine will fall open when the stove is in use... I currently use my ash can to hold the lever from moving... Which I extended with a small piece of threaded rod, for the ash can to 'hook' so the damper doesn't open on its own.... And... According to the vigilant II operators manual, mine is a wood burner, vs the 2 which is a coal stove... Basically the same stove...it says I can cook on the top on the stove, directly... I kinda painted my 'griddle' but can sandblast it clean if this is something that is feasible/a plausible idea... My other thought was just using a cast iron skillet... Lol Now my stove has a thermostat... Is that supposed to move on its own to regulate the air? Cause mine doesn't, it's kind of an 'adjust as needed' kinda thing.... Oh, and to the folks that taught me over the Internet how to operate my vigilant with the main damper closed.... Holy cow The heat output of this thing is intense!