I fired up the stove last October and a few times during the 2011 / 20122 winter. I travel a lot so a continuous fire is out of the scheme of things. Yes I use many matches throughout the season.
The wife was not very happy about the over abundance of heat, she and the dog were panting. Windowstats were in her opinion not a viable option yet. There is a learning curve here.
So I went to the brick yard and purchased (8) 2 1/2 x 4 x 8 fire brick for $9.60. Into the fire box, just sitting on the grates, no cement, placing 2, laying down on each side (left and right side), 1 in the front right and 1 front left, 2 standing on end dead center front.
Fired it up. Success. The house is very warm, not hot, and no windows open yet. As the sun hits windows will open.
So reducing the fire box by 640 cubic inches seems to be going in the correct direction. I know you like pics but I will follow up later.
After 13 hours the stack is 150F 36" above the stove, 186F front top corner. MPD closed, ash door slide closed, bimetallic t'stat closed, Maek II water column 0" Baro open 1".
Weather calm 54F with NE wind 2 mph.