Oh oh Lucy, forgive me cuz I have sinned. I think a whole lot of folks violate these NEVERS every day. I just loaded my T6 to the top with pitchy doug fir and expect it to be an all day fire at a reasonable low burn. I've also burned Home Fire Prest-Logs 3 at a time and found that just about right. But I think we all agree on not burning anything but dry wood. Are you running an older stove Al? With a modern stove, if wood is dry, there's no smoke coming from the chimney and the flue gases are warm enough, creosote accumulation should not be an issue.