The thermometer did come with it. The tools did not, i bought them through them and their tool handles are designed to hang on slots that are built into the stove. And yes it is definitely easy to run low and slow. I would say once the soapstone is up to temp. Then you can turn it down and it will easily do an entire burn and have coals in the morning. I always put wood in around 10pm and at 7am there is always coals. This morning it probably could of gone another couple of hours even.