The Equinox was given a full load of my best locust this morning, big ones in the back and the rest on a nice coal bed up front. Things didn't fire up right off the bat like usual probably because the pieces were a little large. Of all days, this morning my wife got up early and joined me watching the news. About 10 minutes after loading a ball of flames erupted behind the glass and we got a good wiff of smoke....backfuff. Not bad but enough to notice. With the damper wide open I let her rip for a while then closed things down to half throttle and sipped some more coffee. The connector pipe started crackling indicating it was time to lower air supply but the rutland thermometer was not up to 400 yet so I let it go a little longer. I watched the TV for another minute or two and looked back to see the temp at the pipe was up past 500. I shut things down all the way and the flames kept going real strong. I didn't panic or let on I was concerned so not to scare my wife so I walked away for more coffee and when I got back the temp was at 600 on the connector. I checked the damper again, all the way shut and started thinking run away fire with a chuck full load of dry locust. Now I got a wiff of the breakin smell, things were hot for sure. I sat down giving it another minute to settle down and it did, just like that the flames went out and I actually had to open the damper to re-ignite the flames and everything was normal. O.K., so this time it gave me some drama but didn't let me down. I like this stove. Did I mention I got up early to tend the fire because the furnace kicked on. 40 minutes later it was very warm inside my house.