We had a Fireplace Xtrordinair Elite Plus 33 installed Thursday (very exciting!). There was an older (30+ years old) stove in the firebox that we took out after we purchased this house. Replaced the old liner with new and had the whole thing professionally installed. We are very new to all of this and are looking like two deer in headlights. Our biggest problem right now is that it took us a long time to get the stove hot enough to even get the blower to run. We do not have a thermometer and I think we are afraid of too big of a fire, or an overfire. (A thermometer will be purchased soon....) We kept the air intake open until a good fire was going, then moved it to half open. We thought the fire looked big, but again there was still no blower! So after an hour or so we moved the air back to full open, and shortly after the blower started. So I'm assuming we didn't get the stove hot enough. We are using wood that we purchased with the house - it has been stored in a shed for 2 years. We probably have 1 cord total. Couple of questions -- when filling the stove, do we fill it as much as we can? And what does a 'slow burn' look like? Should there be high flames? Anybody have a video? I feel so dumb... Also, are we in trouble in terms of how much wood we have available?? I understand that we should start stockpiling asap for the seasons to come and that I can probably find seasoned wood somewhere, just will need to pay more $$? How many cords can a person expect to use in a season? Thank you so much for any and all help - it's really appreciated!