This season I made the switch to a wood stove, a BK King. Last night I did my fist burn to cure the paint and this morning I had another to warm the house. I took some pictures and I also have some questions. BTW, I'm burning seasoned lodgepole pine. Here are some pictures of the start of the burn. Now it's roaring. Fire starting to calm down a little. Didn't take long for the dog to find it. Now here are my questions. The entire time I was burning I had the T-Stat set to the max. The highest temp I got was 550. The last picture I showed was still with the T-Stat at max, and some wood still in the firebox. Should I be getting higher temps? Am I doing something wrong? This morning I started another load with a couple splits and two whole rounds. Since it's warmer outside I turned the T-Stat down to 1.5 (slowly over time like that manual states). I started the burn at around 8:30, and it's 12:20 now, so almost 4 hours. I'm watching the cat probe drop (almost inactive now) and the stove top temp is down to 200. Does this seem like normal behavior? There rounds I threw in are still intact and I'm wondering why the stove is going to go inactive while there is still fuel in the firebox. Here's a video of the active burn for all you junkies.