Jim, Congratulations! That's awesome! I do not think you will be disappointed in the heat output and burn times. As for cutting your wood: I get 19" in there NS no problem. Honestly I get 20" in there NS sometimes. I don't know what the length of your cuts are but EW burning is great in this stove. 22 1/2" fit in there fine EW. One thing that surprised me and scared me a bit at first is the high temps I regularly get with this unit. Most burns I'll get between 650-720 and cruise there for a couple of hours then slowly wind down. It's a lot of mass so it really pours out the heat. If you've been burning wood for a while I don't think you'll have a hard time operating your 2400. The owner's manual can be downloaded on the Osburn website. It is very informative. As for burning techniques I do what most do on here. Burn seasoned wood. -Rake the coals forward. I load the unit NS mostly. I feel I can get more wood in there and it's just easier to load. I do burn EW a lot, too, but mostly because some of my wood is too long for NS. -When I load EW I rake the coals forward, and usually load my monsters in the back (I think I might start taking a cue from BurleyMike and place a medium split on the bottom and a monster on top). One thing I always do when burning EW is I carve out a valley in the coals and ash right in the center of the firebox. This helps with air flow. I usually place small splits on top of the coals in the front to get it up to temp quick. So hope that helps. Obviously I enjoy talking about the stove so please feel free to ask any questions you may have. Good luck with it. When will you have yours installed? One warning: it took me a few days of burning to burn off the stink of the paint. Fyrebug, I am assuming my insert is basically the same as Jim's stand alone but with legs and no jacket. Am I wrong with this assumption?