Everything's working so smoothly I drop in once in a while to see what's happening here and how everyone's doing. Just wanted to share several lessons learned from startup to finish of our second season with the Windhager for new or prospective users. 1) During system startup in Nov '16 the pellet feed auger sounded stalled at first startup and made an ugly racket for a while. It seems that in our humid climate the pellets and/or dust absorbed enough moisture to somewhat bond to the auger wall for the pellet feeder. The feed auger was laboring and working to bust that stuff loose. Last Saturday I completed a 3 hour, post season cleaning and commanded the auger to completely empty the boiler hopper and feed tube. The level sensors, hopper, and auger tube were cleaned and emptied of all dust and pellets. 2) The sloping sides or our Bulk hopper are too shallow and when the pellet level gets low, gravity won't feed the pellets to the vacuum pickup. Summer project to redo the hopper side walls. 3) Emptied the ash hopper mid season rather than wait to end just to reduce the load on the ash transfer augers. At that point in time I'd estimate burning thru about 2.5-3 tons of pellets. I'd estimate the weight of ash in the hopper was 40-50 lbs put into two garbage bags for disposal. End of season ash was probably 20-30 lbs for 2 tons used for the remainder of the season. This efficiency vs ash waste from the BioMass stick boiler is amazing and I'm burning 3 year seasoned/under cover wood now since about 80% of our season's heat comes from pellets. Rest from splits. 4) Totally clean operation except some fine pellet dust escaping from the bulk hopper. Lid needs a better seal. 5) Several times needed to manually shut down the Windhager because it was waking up at the same time the BioMass was about to start feeding storage. I wanted to avoid supply flow colliding going into the top of storage. Not a big deal. 6) Windhager operation continued to be 100% reliable. Except for checking the bulk hopper every few days, it was like using propane totally autonomous. This is the perfect combination for me. I still enjoy running the BioMass and faint wood burning scent during my Christmas vacation and weekends. I drop in on the Windhager far more often than necessary just to admire it and for something to do. I hope it will be easy for me to handle 40# bags of pellets to refill the bulk hopper for many years. The physical demand of pellets vs splits is shocking. Hope everyone here that helped me back in the beginning of this journey, freeing us from propane dependence, is doing well. Special thanks to Heaterman for introducing me to the Windhager. Except for any really major health issues, I'm confident I can operate this by myself for many years to come. Blessings to all you long timers here that helped keep my family warm back in the day.