Listen I know I'm new at this and I know my unit probably could have been piped better and I know my wood isn't seasoned but REALLY....I MEAN REALLY. By infinitymike at 2011-12-13 That was at 5 am this morning after I came out and saw that I had a full bed of red hot coals. probably 4-6 inches thick. There where 2 charred splits on the left and right sides of the box. I filled it up and this is what happened. This pic is from 5:30am and the next pick is from 7:15am And the last one is what the firebox looked like at 7:15am. By infinitymike at 2011-12-13 By infinitymike at 2011-12-13 By infinitymike at 2011-12-13 I am burning mostly maple and some cherry. Both were split in early September BUT ....BUT ...WAIT I re-split a bunch over the last week and they all read 20-22% moisture. Yes they are heavy and still have bark but really..is this the only reason why? The picture really doesn't do any justice to the amount of smoke billowing out of this thing. Saturday was even worse. The smoke was blowing over the front of the roof and filled up the street it was un- freakin -believable. The guys at AHS said i need to put a couple pieces of wood let it get good and hot, an hour later add some more and then an hour lateradd some more. I don't have time do sit around a stoke this thing all stinkin morning. And how much hotter does a 4 inch bed of coals have to get anyway? I m losing sleep over this stuff..are my pipes to small, which way should my primary be plumbed which way should my secondary be plumbed, how dry should my wood be, is it burning or just smoldering, is that to much creosote on the walls of the firebox, am I smoking out the neighbor hood, am I ...am I... am I ... my head is spinning. I woke up this morning at 3am and from my home office window can see the unit in the garage and saw the green light was on which means its running. So I went out there in my freagin underwear to open it up and see what was goin on and by the time I got there she just shut down AAHHH. I am going crazy. Who in the right mind goes out in the underwear to see if it needs wood. The other morning I woke up at 4 and thought the house was on fire because I saw flickering and flashing coming through the window and ran out side, again in my underwear, to not see a chimney fire but see a cop going real slow down the street. Thank God I go out the back door, through the covered breezway and into the garage through the side door...otherwise I might get arrested running around naked I need some help. I know its funny and I am even laughing my ass, off but really what should I do. OH yeah today I came home and started cutting that big ass pile of logs I got when I hijacked the logging truck and I pulled one off the pile and couldn't get my foot out of the way fast enough and WHAMO smashed all my toes. Work boots but no steel toe. They are all black.... yippie kiaye cowboy.