....and super excited! Hello all! First, what a wonderful forum. I've been looking around here for a few weeks now and am so glad to have come across this site. Many questions have already been answered by just browsing these pages. Thanks!! Purchased the Clyde...hubby and his buddy installed it this past weekend. Not fully complete because of missing parts that attach the surround (hearthstone shipping them to me) bummer BUT can still build a fire. After reading the many threads here I became nervous. So much for feeding the insert wood and heating my house lol. I realize now that there is much more involved. So, I question my dealer on how to monitor the temp of an insert? His answer??? (You veteran burners may want to sit down or crack a beer or something) and I quote, "You don't need to-its an insert" (gets better) "I have never heard of anyone monitoring the temp of an insert". Now I know better than that. Not to beat a dead horse but what would you all recommend? I am currently using a magnetic gauge that I have centered on top front of firebox under the grill. I figure its better than nothing. Hubby does own an IR but honestly, where should I point the thing?? I've already done my break-in fire. That went very well. Wasn't sure how many break-ins I should do for a new stove so I did one more the very next night. Also went well, and really I just wanted to play. It hasn't been cold here in NJ yet anyway. My third fire (that's all so far) I got the stove up to a little over 300. Blowers kicked in at around 200-all went well. I did smell the paint etc that I read about here..I then let the stove burn out-like I said...it's not cold here yet. I guess I would just appreciate anything you all can teach me. The good, the bad and the ugly. I plan on starting out slowly so I can really learn the stove. I don't plan on ever getting her over 400 because that scares me. Lol. IF I feel it's running too hot my plan is to completely shut the air and adjust blowers to high. Is that correct? I figure the blowers might help pull heat from the stove. About my house-it's a ranch. 1600 square feet and I do hope to heat it all winter long. The insert is inside a masonry fireplace. I do have another wood burning fireplace in the kitchen but don't plan on using it anymore. Wasted heat lol. I will be the person largely responsible for feeding/monitoring this stove because I'm home more than the hubby. I appreciate all the advice and just general comments about the stove you can provide me with. Cheers! And thanks again!!