You are right about the stove getting hot quickly. What I do is on reload is to rake the coals to the front of the stove instead of leaving them spread out. It lenghtens the burn time and slows it down a bit. Can at any giving moment open the air control and raise the stack temp to above 1000degrees on the probe thermometer. I would strongly sugest a probe thermometer so you can see how it is doing for temps if you do not have one. Condor is the type I have. Installs without removing the pipe. 1/4 drill bit me thinks.