SteveZee wrote:Pierre, Yes it is hard to tell using wood about how well the control of the stove really is. I think that the fact that you could hold the stove at a steady place speaks well for good control with ant. Mine was also like this with cedar and scraps from the wood shop. These are all very dry and really want to burn hot. I could keep mine at 350 or so also and feel like that was good. When I put in some maple kitchen wood later on it would stay right around 300 with the the bottom vents one closed and one just a hair and the secondary on the load door cracked a bit. For me, the fact the it didn't run up higher means it's good and tight for control with the ant.
Your stove will certainly perform very well and be nice in you house, the deco is just the best for that kind of unit.
I used eco-logs cause they don't produce very much black smoke (on the mica) and have a high heat output, they are so dry that in some stoves they are quite hard to control, so the testing seems to be good for now. The time will tell for the future with ant burning but like you said we seem to be on the good hum-hum Coal Burning Easy Street, as said from an Antique Stove Poet