Hi all, I posted on here earlier this year asking for opinions on various different stoves. I ended up purchasing a new 30NC and installed it earlier this Fall. I've been burning it now for a few weeks and I'm pretty happy with it, but I'm not getting the heat out of it that I was expecting/hoping to. This stove replaced an older pre-EPA Shendandoah heater. My setup - It's installed in my partially finished basement of our 1200 sq. foot ranch home (I know basement installs are less than ideal) and is sitting about 10 ft away from a centrally located stairwell in our home. With the Shenandoah I was able to get the basement to 70-75 pretty easily. So far with the 30NC I'm running about 10 degrees colder (60-65). I am using a lot less wood, but the heat is not the same. The wood - It's been split/stacked for 2 years. It's a mix of black locust, maple, oak and some beech. I don't have a moisture meter, but I'm pretty sure it's seasoned at this point. My wood consists mostly of bigger chunks so I can only fit 3-4 large splits in at a time. Temps - I have a Condar stove top and a chimgard flue thermometer. The stove tops seems to cruise at 450-550 with the fan going. Flue temps are 250-300 degrees. I'm getting about 4 hours of good heat (above 300 degrees). I re-load when stove top temps are 250 or below. The problem is that I'm getting a large build up of hot coals and I cannot fill the stove with a lot of splits because there is a 3-5 inch bed of coals. I've tried both N/S and E/W loading and it doesn't seem to be much different either way. I seem to have a strong draft - maybe too much draft? I don't have a pipe damper. Any suggestions here? I know there are a lot of satisfied 30 owners on here and I'm hoping that you might be able to help me out. I appreciate any advice, tips that you can offer up. Thanks, YB PS - Sorry for the long post.