Hello all, I just found this forum and decided to join. I grew up in NE Ohio with wood burning stoves used as the primary heat source. When I purchased my first home, I installed a stove over 25 years ago. Then I sold the house and have been out of the wood-burning scenario for over 20 years now. 2 years ago I purchased a pellet stove to heat ½ of my 2500 sq ft home and had a fireplace in the other half. With the soaring costs of energy, I decided to install a freestanding wood stove on my existing hearth and run the pipe up through my fireplace. I have noticed on all new stoves secondary air tubes inside the top portion of the stoves. Although I understand their function, my question is “can the tubes be removed without causing any functionality problems”? The reason I am asking is because my new stove (Regency) is fairly small compared to my stoves of yesteryear and the secondary air tubes take up a lot of space and limit the amount of wood I can put in the stove. Thanks!