Some comments on recent posts: 1. My stove never goes above 600 or so. By altering either the air intake or the fan, I can keep it below 600 (measured by an IR thermometer). 2. I never run the fan on automatic, preferring the manual adjustment. 3. I do occasionally hear small bangs. Never seemed serious. 4. The stove definitely has a learning curve, but I have been very pleased with it. I don't use it 24/7 (not enough wood, nor time), but it provides plenty of heat for the main and upper level of a 1950s split level when I do run it. 5. Comparing this season to the last one, I can aver that the folks who emphasize the importance of properly seasoned wood are correct.