Today was the first fire in my stove. I was burning some kindling to get a hot fast fire. Then a half hour later added some little pieces of wood. Then a hour later some medium size wood. I added some more medium size pieces again 1 more time a hour later. Now it's been 4 hours later and is cooling down. I think 4 hours should be good for the first break in fire. I will do the same fire on Friday. Hopefully after that fire I won't have any smell from the paint curing.