You hit the nail on the head, this stove was MADE to run 24/7. As long as you have a continuous, thick red hot coal bed, you are good. Unfortunately in milder temps you are almost never good. I'll be less cranky when I'm burning 24/7 again. But like you said, why would anyone choose this model when there are others that work well anytime, without forcing you to futz around with the coals all the time? At this point, I'd be ecstatic if I could burn clean 30 minutes after starting a new fire. I just don't see how or why this design has any particular advantage.