I did break in fires on the new Isle Royale last month, then it warmed up quite a bit for a few weeks and just went back down to 30's at night and 50's in the daytime, so I've been burning small loads. Got a pot of beans on it right now. I've found I really enjoy cooking on the stove, an added benefit I hadn't even considered before the stove was in. I looked at it as "warm a can of soup" in a power failure situation, but not "real" cooking. Got to be shifting wood piles around and getting things undercover in the next two weeks.