Everything on the install went pretty smoothly. Here's the link to that thread, if anyone is interested: http://www.hearth.com/talk/threads/the-buck-stops-here-91-bay-heater-install-under-way.92228/ One Saturday, I decided to take the stove over to my MIL's and see if I could recruit a few guys to help me move it from the trailer to the hearth. If not, I was going to leave it there on the trailer. I stopped on my way out and talked to my wife's cousin, who told me that three other beefy men cousins were in town for the day and would be passing by my MIL's house shortly. Pretty easy getting the stove in with that many guys, and the door off and bricks and combustor/frame assembly out (Had taken the combustor out and given it the vinegar/water simmer and rinse.) maflake, neighbor of mine and fellow Buck 91 operator, got to save his back for another day. We've got some wet Red Oak to haul out at his place, so he'll need the healthiest back he can muster. I was going to put a Roxul block-off plate of sorts up where the smoke chamber narrowed down, but spaced out and forgot to do it before we slid the stove into the fireplace. Maybe later I can do that... I had to lift the liner with a floor jack and re-clamp it up out of the way to have the necessary clearance to get the stove in. Begreen suggested in one thread to slide the stove in using a sheet metal skid plate, and that worked great. My nephew and I slid it in and then he guided the flue collar/liner as I lowered it from the top. I still need to extend the hearth, and I'm a few inches short on mantle clearance. Heat moves out of the two doorways pretty well now but it remains to be seen if fans are needed when it gets colder...I think they will be. Can't see it too well in this pic but the 36" wood hoop looks pretty good. Stove temp 500; Cat probe 1500. I started cautiously with a small fire, as other operators of this stove have said that the combustor temp can go over the 1800 max suggested in the manual to prolong the life of the cat, which is already four years old. That went well so I built a bigger fire the next time. I must have had too much small stuff or the coal bed was too much under the load, and the combustor got up to around 1750. The liner must have expanded as well because some creo chunks left over from the previous slammer install started falling on top of the stove and I had to keep brushing them off to prevent too much smoke in the stove room. Before the stove went in I had gotten as much of the loose stuff as I could with the liner in my way, but not all of it apparently. I think all the stuff that was going to fall is gone; On subsequent firings the amount of debris falling eventually tailed off to nothing. I installed the surround (which was a bit harder to do since the stove was already in place.) I have the gold spring handles and gold trim that goes around the front of the ash lip, which I've yet to install. I guess I've got to remove the ash lip to slip the trim on. I also want to get a corded hand-held vac to keep the area neat, and clean off the ash lip and door gasket, which seems to always get a little blow-back ash on it no matter how slowly I open the door. Over the last few weeks, I've been burning one or two loads a day in the stove, depending on how cold it it outside. It takes a pretty lively fire for a while to get the combustor probe up to the 700-900 recommended in the manual before closing the bypass. I've got some soft Maple and Pine that I'm using to get it up to temp but not leave big chunks or a big coal bed. I then rake the coals forward and put in a full load. It's hard to learn the stove when I'm not there to observe the full burn cycle. I've had my MIL call me a few times to update me on how a load is doing and get me the stove and combustor temps. A few nights ago the combustor was at 1650 when I left and I had her call me an hour later. Combustor was a 1800. I had already cut the air back pretty much, and I had her cut it all the way to get the load to slow down, and had her turn up the fan, which seems to help. I think I had the load burning for too long before cutting the air back, and too much of the load got involved. At this point, I'm wondering how I will be able to get a higher burn rate when it's cold out, yet not have the cat get too hot. The stove was burning more on the left side than the right and the glass was a bit dirty in the lower right corner (as you can see in the above pic.) I thought I might have a blockage in the right primary air channel. I've got a mechanic's grabber tool, a flex cable housing with a claw on the end, that I ran up the right intake but it was clear. Then I thought "Hey, the ash drop is on the left side..." Sure enough, the gasket may had a little gap where the ends come together. Last night I put on a new gasket. When I lit the stove I saw immediate improvement. The load was actually burning on the right side, something I hadn't seen before. I left the air open a little and had my MIL call me with a temp report a couple hours after I started the load; Had 350/1500. I stopped by this AM to see how the load was doing and was pleasantly surprised to find room temps a couple of degrees higher and more fuel than usual left in the stove. I think the ash pan gasket leak caused the load to burn up more quickly even if the primary air was cut all the way. So I guess the load is burning more slowly, even though I gave it some air last night, and the heat output is higher in the morning due to the extended burn. It'll be nice for her to wake up to a warmer house. I'm hoping that getting more control over the air will also reduce the chances of the combustor going too high. The ash pan doesn't lock into place, there's just a piece of spring steel exerting pressure on the side of the pan to hold it in place. I like the ash drop...pretty easy to use. I've found that I need to run a poker behind the hinge and clean off the top of the lid to get it to open easily. Ash pan holds several loads worth. The back of the pan has no wall, so it will plow through any ash or coals that have spilled in the cavity. This feature also makes it easy to just slide the ashes out of the end of the pan and into the bucket; Much less dust than when you have to dump the pan upside down to empty it.