After seeing so many posts about the soapstone stoves taking so long to heat up, I was wondering what was wrong with my stove. Then this morning I woke up to a very cold house. I tell the wife to stay in bed while I get the stove going. That should take well over an hour according to the professionals on hearth.com! She liked that idea. So, having nothing in the house for the fire, I walk out to the woodpile...and find it is colder outside than it is in the house. But I quickly grabbed some kindling (I know it is dry because it is 4 year's in the wood pile) and head back to the stove. Feeling a little lazy this morning, instead of the usual newspaper under the kindling, I grab a firestarter (Coghlan's Fire Lighters) that I bought in the camping department of a discount retailer. I light the fire starter and place it under one end of the kindling and shut the fire door of the stove. I then go outdoors for some splits. But first I moved a few things (we're doing some construction) before grabbing some 6 year old elm. So I was outdoors for a couple of minutes, but when I opened the door to come into the house.........already I could feel heat from the stove! Wait a minute! How can you feel heat from a soapstone stove that has been burning 6 little pieces of kindling for less than 5 minutes? That is not possible....is it? Anyway, I put in the splits and then have some breakfast. Now I am at the computer and am no longer cold. It is still a bit cool in here but I'm sitting about 12 feet from the stove and can feel the heat. So, why doesn't my Fireview soapstone stove work like they say it is supposed to work? I'm puzzled.