Kykel, I think lowering the auger cover plate is just going to make him have to turn the feed trim up to make up the difference. Yes, he will use less pellets...but also get less heat. That plate idea was a band-aid fix IMHO that was truly rectified with the higher output convection blower. I'm not an expert, but that's my opinion. My local dealer just installed an M55 cast that has the old blower. I was amazed at how hot the stove was...it's no wonder they were tripping the high limit switch. With the new blower, mine does not get nearly as hot. Yes, the air coming from the heat exchangers is cooler than it was, but it was way too hot before. I'm getting 240F at heat level 3, feed trim 3 and it's moving a lot of air. I am burning Douglas Fir pellets which are pretty hot though. Hey...that's an idea...maybe FredinBoston can measure the temp of the air coming out of his heat exchangers (bump up the feed trim to 3) and we can compare to see if the stove is putting out about what it should.