I've been working a lot of OT on the weekends. Then during the week I've been getting up at 3-4 in the morning to drive 90-100+ miles one way to work. Needless to say. I'm tired. Last night I got home from work, shook the stove down a little early, filled it. Went to my son's Christmas concert came home, decided to take the ash pan out of the stove and empty it. I didn't put it back in the stove but had kicked the ash pan door closed and latched it with my foot as I carried the pan outside. I then put the pan on the tile and sat down in my recliner where I dozed off, eventually I decided to go to bed.
I woke up at 0300 because I was hot. Walked out to the living room and saw the house was 83*.
I looked at the stove and saw the entire bed of coals was a bright red with blue flames.
WTF? I said to myself. I looked at the bimetallic thermostat and it was still set to 3 1/4. I hit the top of the stove with the laser thermometer, "---" ok, it was over 625* set on 3 1/4 when it should've only read 325*; the magnetic gauge was reading 760*. Hopper open? I checked. Nope, hopper is not on fire. Loading door still open from when I loaded the stove? Nope. Closed it after the blue flames appeared. Ash pan door? No, it doesn't look like it's ope....oh wait...is the handle more vertical than horizontal? Yup. I didn't close the door all the way. FFFFFUUUUUUUU......
So, let this be a reminder to all of you over worked and tired zombies. Make sure the doors on your stove are closed tight. Luckily my ash pan door was closed, just not properly latched so it'd didn't get crazy hot; front of the stove read 480* with the thermometer. But it could've been worse.