LIFTOFF.........Finally engaged. Here is how it went. I pulled the wood away from the Masonary Fireback thinking perhaps you have to preheat it a bit. Then I let the flue temp go up to 600+ and closed the damper. There was a slight opening in the splits so I can see the flame being sucked into the secondary burn chamber. And, there is NO smoke coming out of the stack at all. Now, I just need to figure out how to consistently do this and teach my lady. These stoves operate very differently than my previous VC units. For the record, looking at that other thread, I think the DW is put together the same way. But, I think I'll go by a dealer and take a look to be sure, then report back: unless somneone already knows. Agian, you folks are great and I hope all this info helps someone else as they approach this problem. I thought this would be my last stove for a while, but it looks like I'm already thinking about those improved units that are going to come from all these real life experiences. I hope VC will take the ball and run with it; but I'm not just buying because they "say so" ever again. Thanks again to all... In case some of you were wondering that red thing is my 35 Chop Top Sedan: that's for my summer HOT! I'll be around the forum for a long time. Steve.