My install was done by the local dealer.
The installer kept stressing on how important it was that the stove was never to be operated outside the cat gauge and that has me a little paranoid.
No (t yet?).
Though that will happen this year as I have some wood that's slightly too long for N/S loading due to the previous, larger (in width, not cubic feet) stove.
I like cutting to 18" so I also have slightly too long wood to do north south in the belly.
Making the belly fit a 18" split would be a great change for a KE40.1
When my set up is on simmer mode the burn happens from center front to back. At the later stages my stove seems to consume wood like a candle burning from one end to the other. As long as the log was part of the initial center simmer burn it will disappear to fine white ash.
On 5 hour load hot burns I think the wood lasts longer set east west. Also I think pure volume of wood is more important than how it's oriented so next year I'm cutting to 20" and packing it full.