Well hand me my pink skirt - I'm going girly!
The novelty wore off for me after 5 seasons or so, but I continued on for a few more years. Didn't have a choice. Thankfully my good buddy Jim D. made the choice for me.
I've just got too much on my plate (namely trying to make a living), and the shaking, loading, waiting thing ...even though it was only every 24 hours .. was getting to be too much. By spring time, it was downright aggravating. I'd be going through my email, starting to nod off .. look at the clock and it's like 10:30 ... and I've got a pile of stuff to do the next day ... so start getting ready for bed .. then AWWW *censored*!! Gotta do the stove!!
I'd be so pissed ...
"Hey honey - can you do the stove for me?
" "NO!!" ...... "AW *censored*!!
In order to get a 24 hour burn, I had to get all the ash out of there, so it would take me 45 minutes to an hour .. and even longer if the draft was low .. to get the stove refreshed.
I love the automation of the stoker - best thing I ever did! Wish I had done it 8 years ago. Live and learn.