I've been burning wood for over 20 years. I am constantly learning more and more from this forum. Based upon reading posts regarding loading N-S vs E-W, I am now attempting my very first N-S burn (which is contrary to what the stove manual says to do). It is too early to really tell if there is much of a difference, but I'm not sure I'm that impressed with it ATT. It does appear that the wood burns more quickly in the N-S direction than E-W in this stove. BTW, other than being able to load longer pieces, why would a manufacturer stipulate loading E-W? Is it possible the performance of the stove is affected by the direction of the wood?