New stove (jotul oslo) has been in for a few weeks now. Been using it regularly (nights and some cold mornings) here in MASS. I have a few questions... The stove doesn't start very easily. I noticed in other threads that some Jotul owners (castine and oslo) have similiar issues. They crack the door a bit to encourage draft. Sometimes, when opening the side door to add more kindling during startup, I notice the fire starts to burn great. However, with it closed, I have wimpy flame and smoke filled box. I've been able to mitigate this somewhat by using the top-down burn method. That keeps most of the smoke out. However, to establish a good bed of coals and hot fire takes almost two hours. Is it okay to crack the side door for a bit to help this out? Stove burns okay once I get some good hot coals. FYI - I mean the side door not the ashpan which manual says never to crack. Ironically, once the stove gets going w/a nice bed of coals (and it gets going real nice w/spectacular secondary burn, ghost flames, etc) I can't seem to damper it down real well w/out killing it. I've been going through wood like mad. Haven't gotten anywhere near the nine hour burn times. Stove is always warm with a few coals in the morning. To keep a good burn going I have to leave damper at least half open. Should I always have a good burn with secondary in full force? What's the norm for a burn cycle? How may hours startup, how many secondary, how many glowing hot coals? I have all six inch double wall connector going into 8x8 clay lined masonry chimney. Two 90 degeree offsets. Fours foot horizontal run pitched per code. I believe my problem is draft. I'm uncertain how to fix, if at all. Maybe I should wait and see how it performs in the colder weather. My installer want to add a exhausto fan, which I'm dead set against. Considering rebuiling concrete block masonry chimney w/brick and air space between clay liner. Current one has no air space and was done by prev owner. I did add some height to it already. I'd be uncomfortable going much higher. Also, considering tearing out masonry chimney and replacing with class a insulated chimney pipe. What do guys think? Can anyone tell me what the real world burn times and behavior are for an olso? If I knew what was the norm, then I could ascertain how far I'm out of it. Maybe the easy fix is just to crack door when starting and live with the shorter burn times. Thanks for reading!