I read BrowningBAR post below and he actually reported his stove top temp and side wall temps. Ive been curious about other stoves Top vs Side temperatures for a while now. I know stoves now adays are designed for tighter tolerance installs, but in applications where you dont need tighter installs, increased side wall temps in my opinion may provide better effeciency ( in regards to getting heat inside the stove transferred to the room). Ive been running my Osburn 2400 for a few seasons now, and the stove burns well, keeps the house warm, but It doesnt seem like I get any/much heat off the sides. I measured it tonight and with a crusing stove top of ~600F my side temps measured ~300F. Im really curious if other stoves have this type of top to side temperature difference. If any Jotul F600, VC Defiant, Englader 30, Blaze king and SoapStone owners could post their stove Top Vs side temps or observations, it would be helpful and interesting to compare. thanks again to this site and all its knowledge.