Over in the "nails in wood" thread, Dylan postulated that the issue of overfiring a stove is WAY over stated. Well, I figured I'd open that one up. The other night I definitely got concerned that I was possibly overfiring my stove when I put a fairly large block (no other term really works for that hunk of wood) of pine in the stove. The stove was nicely hot with good bed of coals, and almost instantly, the stove was FULL of fire, even before the wood caught fire. It was like putting a rag full of kerosene in the stove. The sap on the surface of the pine boiled instantly and produced so much combustible fuel that I got very concerned. I put the blower on high, damped down as much as possible, but the secondary burn would not quit. The stove was as hotter than I've ever seen it. Temp in the room was near 85 very quickly. I was not comfortable at all. So was I unnecessarily concerned? In the end the stove seems no worse for wear. I cleaned the glass with some water the next day, and there is no visible damage. Was I actually overfiring? The manual states that a sign of overfireing is that the door handle is too hot to touch, but that never happened. The air control was too hot to keep my hand on, but not too hot to touch. The surround pannel was pretty hot though.