I'm the same. I just want to be comfortable with medium. On high for me almost closed if not all the way is good but it's not warming my room.. just the air as all say. I Want everything to be cozy and give off heat during its off times. Cycling is good for the EcoChoice... I'm finding for my larger house that i may have to run on high at night with the cold temps with the feed closed. With those settings my flame is 8 plus inches most of the time. Medium it is about 6 inch above the pot at peak with the feed a 1/3 open. High with the feed closed with MWP runs for only an hr maybe little more than off for 30-45 min then back on. To me not enough to really warm the house and contents. I like slow and steady but WITH cycling.