Ive spent some time reading the forums and think i have a handle of running my first wood stove this season. I would like to run this by all of you to see if anything looks out of whack. This is for using my 77 VC Vigilant -Ensure 2 inches of sand or ash is coating the bottom of the stove -The Air hole on the side should be left open when burning wood. -The rear flap should be opened when starting the fire and then left to regulate its self. -Twice a day (morning and night) run the stove in updraft burn around 500 degrees (stove top) for 30-40 minutes. This readies the stove for the days use and burns out any creosote buildup. -Should also use the stove for late fall early spring in updraft mode as the draft may not be able to sustain a side draft burn. -During colder months run the stove in updraft till 500 degrees stove top temp is met then you can load it up and switch over to side draft. -When adding wood to a side draft burn, be sure to open the damper a few min prior to clear out any smoke. -Once a week, using a shop vac, blow into the side air intake to blow out any ash build up. -Also remove ash when needed as it gets close to the rear air holes. -Check chimney 3-4 times throughout the season to ensure all is well. If there is anything else I missed, or if anything looks wrong please let me know.