Yeah, It actually kind of scares me to think how hot this stove got before I realized what was happening. Until I made a modification to my stove-top thermometer, I never realized how hot this stove got; even with the draft fully closed. I sleep a lot better now. This modification was a result of several years of "studying" how this stove burns (and my own learning curve). It's not fool-proof, you have to be careful not to close it down too early or you won't get a proper burn. But if you let it heat up properly before closing the draft, it's a thing of beauty. It really amazes me how much skill and knowledge it takes to have a proper burn, but it's worth the effort.