Let me thank you folks real quick for helping me get started this season. I was nervous, you guys knew it, I learned a lot and my pre EPA has been a godsend. I dont know how I got by without it. Starting out with little fires and getting ansty when the Rutland Flu thermometer got too close to 500. I was on cloud 9 when I mastered an overnight burn waking up to a warm house and . And now with the right wood, I can keep her simmering while I'm at work all day too. Which brings me to my question. Is it safe, not a good idea, or normal... to load this up to or past the flu outlet? I've been doing it... and the other night I got up to take a leak, (by the way I've never got up in the night and had to stoke it, it just holds out and keeps the house warm till morning). But the other night when I got up, I noticed it was chillier then normal in the house but still comfortable. I could see slow lazy flames through the glass, and I wondered if it was THAT cold outside that the stove was not able to warm the house any further. I looked at the Rutland Flu thermometer and it was at 625° ...not what I wanted to see, and it was already dampered down to the 2/7 position. I closed it to 6/12 to get it back under control. Never having those temps prior, it made me extremely nervous, and now I'm wondering if I over filled my box, and have been this whole time, did I have a small chimney fire... Remember I'm running an ole Homesteader.