Hello Well I had the chance to pick this Meridian up and when I first saw it all dusty and dirty but working good, I fell for it! Finding the Manufacturer's so called Perl Gray touch up color paint was my first stumbling block. After quite a few days, I found some good fresh "Stove Bright" Charcoal color that matched Perfectly! See > http://www.hearth.com/talk/threads/...ray-paint-at-a-good-price.86502/#post-1116809 It is a very good color! I had to order a new cleaning rod because the original was missing. That will take a while to get! Now that I know there is no lock washer in the design, it probably came unscrewed and was lost! That is called WDS - no Washer in the Design Syndrome similar to WNS - No Nut in the Design Syndrome Seen here http://www.hearth.com/talk/threads/...ks-found-reason-and-fix-for-0-14-cents.73036/ - Cleaning rod issue. The ash traps were loaded with pellet ash. See pics > http://www.hearth.com/talk/threads/...od-pellet-stove-ash-traps.86625/#post-1118447 Also gave it the Dollar Bill test and made a nice video doing it! See > http://www.hearth.com/talk/threads/...r-bill-test-pass-and-fail.86631/#post-1118451 So I gave it the basic cleaning and connected up the venting. The lytherm sheets will be arriving from the west coast late in the day tomorrow. Then I can remove and clean the blowers and it will be ready for final test. I will have to check: Start Cycle Run Cycle Shutdown Cycle Operation with T-stat Hi/Lo On/Off Is this stove the same as Vista Flame 100FS Free Standing? It is the same as the Regency GF55 See pics below Also I learned that the Meridian and the Regency GF55 are basically the same stove! Different grills and the Regency is black in color! As you can see the ash pan is real grungy! Pic on left is before clean up and touch up. Pic in Middle is after clean up Pic on right is Regency GF55 in Local Hearth shop. Only difference is grill and black color!