oh no, how did I get here? how did I get both the stoves lit today, run wood into the shed, cover the outside stacks for rain, take delivery of 2 tons of pellets, vacuum, make dinner, walk the dogs, and still manage to get online before going to pick up the kids? it's like magic... To the OP - DH and I treat the stove like a challenge. I am home more so I actually burn it more, I clean it and maintain it and the pellet stove. I do relegate chimney cleaning to him. But we do face off now and then on the weekends on who can get the fire lit faster, hotter, longer...you get the picture. It's kind of fun because it's a competition in which strength does not come into it, you have to think and pay attention and anyone can win!