Built a very small fire for first burn. So small it did not even turn on the blower. Built a secon one (a little bigger). Fan turned on, got the paint cure fumes (yuk), and set off the fire alarms in my house. Hope that is the last time that happens. First impression- unit is beautiful. DOes not put out asmuch heat as I thought. THat doesn't mean it isn't warming the room, I just expected to be sweating. I think some of it has to do with the wood I am burning. Not as seasoned as I thought. FOr those of you who own this unit- How much wood do you put in when you (load it up). Roughly how many pieces (think od std firewood sizes). Is it better to load it up with tons of wood or just add pieces one at a time. When you light the fire what do you use to start it.....I am pretty sure I know the answer...but...is newspaper OK????? Will post a pic tomorrow. THe mason I used did great job.