Hi all! Got to 29* last night. Got a good fire going last night at 2230 on a small bed of coals. Filled the box up full with ash, maple, and cherry. Woke up at 0630 and house was 74*, and right now (0830) stove top still at 300*, and a big bed of coals in the stove. Raked the coals to the front, and I'm letting them burn down now. I'm very happy with the decision to put in the wood stove last spring, and super glad I went with the soapstone - the stones stay hot for such a long time - I figure if after 10 h, if I still can't rest my hand on the stove top for more than a second or so, things are real good! Still wondering how the stove will perform in the middle of the winter - especially wondering how many times per day I'll need to load the stove. I'd love to get away with one big load early in the am, one mid-sized load in the afternoon, and another big load at night. But, I'm assuming I'll need to load 4 times per day once the real cold hits. Time will tell! My wife is also super happy - she was questioning my obsessive gathering of wood during the past two years, but now she's telling me how glad she is that we have so much wood and she's loving the difference in wood heat vs. our old pellet stove or oil. Life is good! Cheers!