I've been burning a little Scan Anderson A10 for quite a few years now. I am constantly amazed on how efficient this little stove is and just how much heat it can crank out. It's time now to get a stove with a longer burn time. I have settled on an Ideal Steel and am wanting to order before their prices go up in May. I have a few questions for you guys that are running one. First off are you happy with it? Are the soapstone side inserts a good thing or not, I am leaning toward them for the heat sink effect and also for looks too. I'm up in the air about the ash pan, is it useful or could you live without it?