Hi everyone new guy here, well I'm new to stoves but have buddies that burn wood for heat every year. I just purchased a Vc Resolute pre EPA stove looks good etc... I am a Hvac tech and plan to install a liner as I get them at good prices but for now I popped the smoke pipe into my fireplace, to just see how it burns. As I have been lurking here for awhile I realize it is not ideal the way I am vented but I wanted to try the stove. I was burning it yesterday and couldnt get the horizontal burn to work so I am going to try to use my soot vac to clear out the chamber behind the firebacks. I got the griddle to 600 * smoke pipe to 350* and about two inches of coals and tried the horizontal burn but it snuffs the fire out, I have a combustion analyzer that does wood so I wanna try that at some point . Well hello everyone hope to learn lots from you folks.