You're probably correct... We really did love our Mama Bear--it was a wonderful-burning stove. It's only real flaw was our inability to really control the fire to get long burn times. Of course, it always had enough coals for a rekindle in the morning, but it just seemed to really chew through a load of wood--even when choked to the max... Come to find out that we had a major crack in that stove, and that may have contributed to that issue. The old Mama Bear is welded up tight, now, and is on her way to being installed in my son's cabin on the upper part of our property. He's very anxious to get the stove, and I'm anxious to see how she burns--especially with the baffle plate installed in the back. The idea was from an @coaly
thread on this site.
Based on @grog18b
's advice, the Englander has been burning properly for three days, now, and we love it. It doesn't require much "fiddling with." Just load the fuel onto the hot coals, let it catch, choke the primary air to secondary burn, and come back hours later to "rinse and repeat." Overnights are good for 9 or 10 hours depending on how much we stuff into it--getting best overnights with unsplit, seasoned logs. Lots of hot coals in the morning for rekindling. Plus, my wife loves being able to see the fire--I think we'll keep her--the stove, that is.