Had to be rescued from the stove this morning. I stayed home from work today (under the weather), and wife dragged me out of bed this morning to the scratching sounds of a bird in the stovepipe..... Turns out a starling thought it'd be a good spot for a nest.......but he was wrong. Normally, I'd close the stove down for the season, but with more cold weather on tap the next several days, I'll b building more fires, and cant close it yet. So for a temporary fix, I put the brush up the pipe (right to the cap), closed the clean-out up, and put a note in the firebox that says "TAKE BRUSH OUT!!"