Haven't even had stove a week yet so newbi here but am learning a lot through evenyones help. Next question: My wood has been split for 1 year (some longer) stacked and under a raised tarp to allow air to get to wood. I would say that the tarp is still in good shape and not letting water through - of course with the tarp being a year old there maybe a little but none that I have seen. The wood I have burned so far is cherry, oak and maple. I usually start with kinlin of pine or oak from pallets - very dry - that light very well. I did my break-in fires in the first day but have burned everyday just to learn and play. Everyday within a few minutes the door glass starts getting dirty. After a second fire the glass is usually so dirty that i can't see the flames. Admitidly, my first few fires were not that hot (under 400) so to break in slowly. But now I feel I can get up temp to 500+ without any stove issues regarding heat and have done so. I have read a few links on how to clean the glass (newspaper,water,ash - even added a little ammonia to the balled up newspaper to help cut the krud) and although it has cleaned the glass - this is kind of a pain. Might be the nature of the beast but so far I am not happy with how quickly the glass gets dirty. Being new I am hoping I can get some advice to keeping this condition from happening so quickly. After all one of the main reasons for wanting the stove is to sit and relaz and watch the lazy flames once up to temp and air knocked down. But after one to two days top burning I can't see the flames. Any advice?