Am I doing something wrong here? When I get up in the morning, the flue temps on the stove are under 200, but the stove blower is still on and I have plenty of coals to start a fire. I open the damper all the way, wait a few minutes for the coals to glow, open the door and start a fire using the "rake forward method." My concern is that I know the night before's fire eventually was a slow smoky burn, it's inevitable for me overnight with this stove. My glass is always clear in the AM but the bricks can get sooty. By cranking the temps back up in the AM - going from flue temps under 200 to 600 in about 15 minutes or so, am I just asking for a chimney fire? I should note that during this 15 minutes, I am in front of the stove, dampering down as the fire becomes a steady burn. I don't leave the stove on start ups, period. This sucker can go nuclear too fast so coffee, dogs, whatever can wait. Can there be enough build up in the chimney in one night to be a fire hazard? Since it is near impossible to keep the stove above "optimal burn temps" at all hours of the night, isn't this a normal burning cycle of a wood stove? My hubby is convinced that my AM start ups are creating a hazard but I would think a hot fire would burn off anything from the night before, before it settles in the chimney, pending that there isn't creosote built up already, which we don't have. I work from home and tend the fire all day so once it's going in the AM, it's running all day, cruising at 550-600, clear glass, white bricks, no smoke. I reload between 350-400 flue temps and just keep it going. We just got kiln dried wood so it burns like a dream all day mixed with my 9 month css ash, until about 11 pm when I load for the overnight....to start again at 6am the next day. Is this a vicious cycle or the proper way to burn? Thoughts?