All, Long time lurker, first time posting.... I've had a Lopi Leyden stove for 3 years (my first stove) and absolutely love it. I'd like to thank this site because it was were I did the majority of my research before purchase. To the question....I can not cook on my stove top; by that I mean I can’t boil water no matter how long it sits. When I was a kid we had one of the old Buck step topped steel stoves. My dad would start a pot of beans on the bottom and once it got simmering he would stick them on the top and when we got home that night, dinner was ready. I run my stove at 400-525 degrees measured with a magnetic thermometer on the stovetop and can set water on there for an hour and a half and it only measures 200 degrees....great for moisture in the air but not for beans. The trivets I bought don't get much use in my house. I'm finally breaking down to ask the question because we're building a new house next year. I really love how cast iron dissipates heat in to the room but if I can't cook a pot of beans (or eggs and bacon in an emergency) I may have to reconsider.... What am I missing??