Nice post wordsmith, welcome to Alaska. I live in North Pole and installed a bk king last winter. I absolutely love it. I lit it october 22 and will keep it going until I need to clean it. Itnisna science to burn cats. It is also an art. I load it one in the morning and then at night. It cut our oil bill in half the first season but this year I have lots of wood so I am heating hotter. Again welcome to Alaska!