I'm wondering what temperatures other hearthstone opperators see/shoot for on their stoves. How quick do you get there? Where does your air control end up? How many splits do you load in (how full is the firebox) for how long a burn? It typically takes me a couple of hours to get up past 500° F then I damper down to about ¼ open and let it ride down to coals. I usually have roughly 4 logs in there, I'd say about 70% full, and It will burn that way for 6-8 hours and end up between 125-175° F. Ive only been past 600° F once when I left a fresh load on a bed of 500° F coals set half open for an hour and the stove approached 700° F... I'm wondering if that is unusual for soapstone, and if the opperating temps are different than steel/cast.