Started the fire at 8:19pm with a decently full load and had to leave the door cracked open a bit as the the fire took longer than normal to get going. Eventually it took and I turned down the bimetal thermostat and it got the far hallway of my house to 71F when I went to bed. This morning (7:40am) the stove was ever so slightly warm to the touch (the fire was out) and the thermostat in the back hallway was 70F an the other side of the house is 68F (back behind my insert, but it's the sunroom warming up with the sun). I can't ask for anything better than that, as the uglies are <1yr old (wood collecting started Nov 2012) and they have been sitting in a heap, not drying optimally. I guess this is the way to get rid of uglies and I'll keep chugging through them this shoulder season even if I have to burn the stove hotter in the beginning to get it going.....I am running out of newspaper though, will have to grab some from work. (refuse to buy firestarters) I'll throw up some pics this evening of the "ugly" load and leave the bit of pine that is the oldest in my pile (in the beginning I would scrounge whatever I could find) for a little later on. This will certainly help to clean up my wood pile a bit, it needs it says the wife.