Glad to hear folks not missing an ashpan. On my old VC Encore the pan was so small I had to empty every single day. I'll definitely look into a rake too. Thanks for the suggestion. For those of you using PH for primary heat source how much wood do you expect to go through this season? Certainly every set up has different variables but I'm curious to see if I'll be burning less wood over the course of a season with PH versus Vermont Castings. For the past 6 years I've averaged about 15 face cord - mixed hard woods. Last year was light. One year I went throught over 18.