I am a second year burner. This year I am attempting to heat the house using the woodstove. We have a Hampton HI300 insert. I obtained about 5 cord of hardwood that was supposedly "seasoned" last year about this time. I soon learned that not all wood is equal. Since I couldn't burn the wood we had purchased last year, I ended up getting wood here and there in order to burn and use the stove. That as well as the occasional pack of bio bricks. Anyway, I took that wood and stacked it in single rows so it would dry faster. It is a mix of hardwoods to include ash, oak and maple. I have been doing farely well keeping the stove temps to within normal operating range with the occasional hot side. Sorry to rant on.. My question is this.... I will load the stove up at about 11:30 p.m. when I get home from work... I rake the hot red coals forward and pack the stove EW with a larger split in the back. I leave the air wide open while the stove gets up to temp... i usually start closing the air down in 1/4 increments when it hits 450-500..... I get the stove temp most of the time to max out right before it reads "overfire" on my rutland thermometer. Air closed and fan on high when we go to bed so the air moves around.... I wake up around 6:00 with the fan still on and the house a tad chilly... (66), and the stove top temp is about 150. I would think that it should be a little higher but I'm just curios as to what others are seeing.