Okay- I admit to total confusion. Almost like the more I read the more confused I become. Think I have grasped a concept here and then realize I haven't and I get totally thrown off. Smoke on restart is my concern. Just reloaded at 350* (If I let my insert get much lower it is harder to get going again so 350* seems about right for the moment.....). I raked coals to front. Separating the ash. I put larger logs in back and smaller on top of coal bed to get things going. My paranoia centers around smoke out chimney when I do this. I get quite a bit of white smoke out of my chimney for about 10 minutes before fire catches. Once it catches it goes back to clear. Besides worrying about smoking my neighbors out, I worry about creosote build up. I'm hoping that this is 'normal' during start up and that the ensuing fire which creates heat will burn away anything that might have been created by the smoke.