Well, I got home from work today and it was a bit chilly, so I decided to light my first fire of the season. Since I was feeling rather adventurous, I decided to try lighting a top down fire. As I'm loading up the insert I'm thinking to myself that there is no way this is going to work, but low and behold it lit right up! It's neat finding things that are counter-intuitive. As I was admiring the crash-free (when the logs tip off the kindling) start-up I noticed that after about ten minutes it would continue to burn, but not vigorously. When I added another piece of wood everything started to burn very well. Does this happen to anyone else or is it the way I build fires? I'm still debating whether or not to get a blower for my insert because I'm not sure if I want the heat in the room or the in the large hearth that sits in the middle of the house. I don't think I'm losing much heat, but merely heating up a mass that will reradiate long after the fire is out. Maybe I'll wait until it gets cold (well what we call cold) to see if the room the insert is in will stay warm enough.