From a national chain's website review comment section for people that purchased a 30-NC. "Yes this is a difficult stove to fire up (arrn't they all?) but guys, for gods sake, that darn thing ships with a blower.. use it! Buy some 4" flex pipe at the store and connect to the air intake then use some 6" to connect blower to tube add kindling and well placed log or two SHUT THE DOOR, switch on and come back in 30 mins to hot coals, Sheesh. Once fired up, this thing rocks and the air intake is size correctly. It is not big enough for cold starts. It would need to be 3x the size and then joe public would overfire the thang and complain about that. Once running this stove is well tuned and works well."