Hi all, Thanks for everyone's assistance with my install so far. I folded to the kids wanting to see it in action so I did a burn tonight. First thing the wife commented was the "smell" turns out the sell touched it up with some Krylon High heat (pic below). I assume that is the paint burning in and will go away in another burn or two (hope so otherwise I will hear about it forever!) Was simple to light and get going. Used some paper bags from the grocery store and some wooden shims to get started and it took off from there. I did not pack the firebox. Below are a bunch of pics. I used my IR thermometer and in the gap between the inner and outer "boxes" I was getting 510-540 with the occasional 700? I left the air open to max the whole time - was not looking for a long burn as it is 75 degrees out and supposed to be 85 tomorrow (we have the AC on). Learned when you crack the door and let more air in, she roars to life! In one of the pics I tried to get a shot of the collar in the gap - wanted to make sure it was not "red".