I have had mine for two months now and just love her. I have had a Franklin, Thelan Thompson and an Erin Waterford in the past. After learning how to operate the stove properly (each stove is very different) She is a joy to use. The thermostatically actuated damper smooths out the heat and makes long burns possible. A true beauty to gaze upon. Tip: use two thermometers. One on the griddle as the book suggests and one just behind so it is just touching the flue outlet. When the rear thermometer hits 450 flip the damper. Use the griddle thermometer as an over fire monitor. A flue stack thermometer is not necessary.