Couple quick questions for you guys that get some good burn times. I'm currently buring 24/7, ash that has been split and stacked last july. (july of '11.) Im not sure that it is normal, but there is no WAY i'd get more usefull heat out of my insert than say 4-5 hrs. My firebox is small, but it isn't too small at 2.3. I'm able to get 8 decent sized logs 18" in there on reloads. When I reload, i load N/S/ or E/W, (I think get longer burn times E/W). Close the door, and let the temps get up around 400, back down to 3/4, temps get to around 500 then back down to about a 1/8-1/4 open, and usually leave it there. (find the sweet spot with a little bit of fire.) If I close it anymore there will be no visible fire. This will stay around 500 for about 2-3 hrs, then i'll see the stove top temps start to drop. Sub 350. No more visible fire, and looks like the coals/logs could use a good stirring, or the air opened up. If i'm home, i'll usually stir everything around and open air to about 3/4, and let the coals burn, and this will last about a hr. By this time, temp is around 300, and I'll rake coals forward, and reload fully again, and go through the whole process. Time wise were about 4 hrs. To give you an idea, I get home from work at 4:30. Temp in stove room is 58-60. Stove room which is the bottom floor 300sqft, and 1400sqft upstairs, split level. Full load get the stove up to temp. Usually after dinner, around 7:30 another full load, and then around 1030ish load for bed. Temp in stove room is around 75. Thats 3 loads in 4ish hrs!?!!? When I wake up at 530am, theres enough coals for a reload. Yesterday, I was home all day. 30 degrees outside. I figured i'd try something new. NOt sure i'm saving wood or using more, but every two hrs i threw in a split. This kept the temps around 400, and that stove room 77 and upstairs 67. Sorry for my rant, i'm done.