Make sure you add some 5-10 gal ash at startup. Put in 40lbs pea, then I use about 5 charcoal briquettes the lighter fuels thru the viewport, hit it with the torch, when they are going good mix in the pea as to slightly bury them, in 15 min hit the fan, continue working those 5 into the middle every 10min. make sure youre grate is off at least until you get up to temp, add more pea slowly until the neck is filled let it get hot before filling the rest of the hopper. Make sure you have the sv set correctly, make sure the viewport plate seals when blower is on, leave viewport hole open, make sure you put hopper lid on, make sure youre draft is around .04 at idle .06 with blower. Make sure youre hi/low/dump is operating properly. Get some co detectors, make sure you have plenty of combustion air. keep some pool baking soda around for chooking fire in emergency. Good start. Next get some extra ash pans and build a cyclone for you're ash vac / shop vac. Dont add unburned or clinkers to hooper.