I fired the Leyden for the first time. I brought the stove up to 400 degrees rather gradually according to the Rutland temp gauge mounted on the top lid. We were able to smell some fumes from the paint but they were not anywhere near as bad as I feared. The back plate did smoke after I engaged the secondary combustor by closing the bypass. I opened the window for that even though it was not anything that would really smoke up the house. I did leave the front doors cracked open per the directions regarding first firing. There were reports of the paint popping off on earlier Leydens and problems with the bypass coming open. I have not seen these problems yet. The back plate states the stove is a year old from the date of manufacture. Perhaps that year allowed the paint to set better or perhaps Lopi improved the paint. I have noticed that Lopi did change the bypass closing device since the 2006 models (mine was made in September 2007). I was impressed with the amount of heat put out by a small amount of wood. I think the family will prefer this stove over the old fireplace we used last winter. Additional info – I think the Lopi Leyden is the same or similar to the Avalon Arbor. I’ll let the experts verify that for future readers. The stove is 28-inches from the wall. My wife took the picture with her "bird hunting" 70x300 mm zoom lens. It seems to have compressed the field of depth from 12 feet away. I am having to use single wall connecting pipe for a while since double wall connecting pipe is on back order in this area.