A lot of people have lamented not being able to get temp readings from their inserts because of the flush fit or because of the shroud. Well, in curing the paint and testing the new gaskets on my stove today I discovered something. A few months ago I bought one of these at Harbor Freight: http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=91778 According to the documentation it is supposed to measure up to 470 degrees F. Well guess what. I pulled it out while the insert was burning and the sucker not only tracks with the stove top thermo but didn't miss a beat gauging the exhaust temp coming up to around 700. That got me curious so I opened the door and beamed it at the burning wood. The meter jumped right up to 1017 degrees. This thing is the answer to checking the temp on those hard to measure inserts. You can also stand flat footed on the ground and check the temp of the chimney up at the rain cap. Not to mention checking the stove from across the room without having to get out of the Lazy Boy. Technology. Ya gotta love it.