I disagree. You have a fluid device designed to operate over a relatively small range of fluid velocity. If the fluid velocity is too high, the device will not function properly. The flue damper adjusts to the fluid velocity to that which corresponds to the velocity of optimal performance for the appliance. How is that a band-aid? That's simply altering the charecteristics of the environment which the stove is operated in to allow the best possible performance from the appliance.