All i gotta say is, thank God for smoke detectors. A little while ago I lit a fire in the stove (in my basement) and i usually leave the door cracked for 5-10 minutes (depending on the wood) to get it roaring. The door has a latch on it that allows it to stay 3/4" open while gettin the fire goin. Well i made the stupid mistake of getting sidetracked and ended up sittin down on the couch. Needless to say i forgot about the stove door until the smoke alarm at the top of the stairs started blairing. I rushed downstairs to find the elbow on top of the stove glowing and smoking! The temp on the pipe was 700+ deg so i shut all air off to the stove and opened the outside doors to the basement to clear the smoke. Thankfully the temp dropped slowly and i managed to get it under control. Sure got my heart goin and i think i need to check my pants now. My dad always told me to use something to remind you if you leave the door open for any reason. A rubberband on the wrist or chew on a toothpic, etc. Just something to remind you. I guess i shoud've listen'd a little better.