I hear what you're saying, Nino, it makes sence. I will try this technique with my 2190, as long as I actually bring it home. I burn a Dutchwest Cat currently and also run it hot before engaging the cat. On that stove my temps sometimes reach 600 before engaging the cat. They say burning wood is an art and I've come to agree. This year has been a great learning experience with my cat stove. I'm at the point when I know exactly when to engage the cat and get it to light off (I can see the cat through the baffle on top of my stove.) Same can be said about getting low intensity clean fires during mild weather days like today. I can engage the cat with the cat probe at 300 and get it to continually climb up continuously untill light off. It actually lights off around 600-700 degrees, so the cat does not have to be at 1000 degrees to work effectively. That's the beauty of the cats they can burn the smoke at lower temperatures, as low as 500 degrees. However, I agree to get better heat temps above 1000 really do the job! Thank your for sharing your experiences.