Sorry for my lack of clarity; I'm functioning on a major sleep deficit today! Yes, I think that helps. So if I just need to take the chill off the house, a fast, hot burn is the way to go. Makes sense. But if I want to maintain consistent heat on a cold, winter day am I not better with a slow, hot burn? Will that "will also waste fuel, gunk up your chimney and pollute the environment" as you mentioned? Sorry, if I'm being dense, I just want to make sure I understand. I really appreciate the help. Maybe part of the problem is I have an insert not a stove, so I don't have any temperature gauge helping me know when I'm above or below 450.