This is my first year with a pellet stove and I'm learning as I'm going along (and reading this forum). Just a couple things that I'm starting to figure out: 1. Got to have a humidifier, or two, going with the stove running. Dry as all h3ll in the house without them. 2. "A clean stove is a happy stove". Self explanatory. 3. The stove can run all day and night. As long as it is properly maintained, she'll run just fine. 3. Buy pellets in advance of the winter. I only had about 30 bags going into the witner and with the real nasty, nasty cold we're having here in NE PA, it is nowhere near enough. Had to pay $7/bag yesterday at a dealer so I grabbed just enough to get me through this week. HD, Lowes, and TSC all are out of stock around me. I COULD drive an hour down to Bucks Pellets, but I would end up paying more in gas. So...for next year...buy pellets early, keep the humidifiers running, keep the stove clean, and don't panic about the house burning down. LOL Oh...and seriously look into adding a OAK.