This weekend was the maiden voyage with wood burning for us. We have the smallest unit they make(E-100) with stainless steel and the oil burner backup. I must admit I was a bit nervous starting the first fire and opening the door once the fire got under way. Really was nothing to worry about though and after a few days of chilly nights(low 40's and upper 30's) I'm getting more comfortable with the beast. As instructed I have only lit some small fires to gradually dry out the refractory as we have not had a need for a large fire anyway so I wasn't tempted to throw too much wood in. Made the switch over from the elec. water heater to the WG coil as I expect we'll keep the water temp up even on warmer days. Good hot showers! Good heat output too! We had some people over Saturday and spent some time outdoors by the fire pit(ironic we are burning wood outdoors and in too!) and those of us wearing glasses had them fog over everytime we came in for a refreshment. As expected the first couple of fires left little in the way of hot coals due to my inexperience and low demand. I put some wood in before bedtime last night and used the 4 hour cycle timer and had some hot coals this morning which made getting a fire going again easy. I am troubled by the heavy smoke smell in our basement. I'm sure some of this has to do with the many times I opened the door just to see what was going on. I'll get better at this once I get a "system" down as to when to feed it. I don't get much smoke out of the loading door if opened very slowly but I think I left the door open too long on the initial fire and let too much smoke into the basement. But, I wonder if I have a small leak somewhere...can't really see anything with the lighting we have in the basement but I pland to bring in my shop work light to really check things out tonight. Is it possible to have enough of a leak to smell things up but the leak is not easliy visible?? If so, how do you check for smoke leaks not easliy visible? I wonder if the stove pipe needs to be sealed at the joints? A problem we have not yet overcome is condensation with the oil burner. The "cyclone chamber" has a drawer that slides out for ash removal when burning wood and this drawer accumulates water from condensation when using the oil burner. Put a larger nozzle on the burner hoping to increase the stack temp but still have the issue. Will be in touch with AHS on this but the oil tech thinks this will be a ongoing problem due to the high draft and the Reillo burner not suitable for such a draft? Fortunatley this is not an issue when burning wood. It's amazing how fine the ash is in the drawer. Will posts some pics eventually and continue to post my thoughts/findings as we continue this adventure.