Sometimes, I just don't understand people. I read hundreds of posts on this site BEFORE I ever ordered my stove let alone lit it up for the first time. I had multiple stove thermometers, carbon monoxide detectors and a manometer weeks before the stove was installed. I had read how to,start a coal fire, how to adjust primary and secondary air, how not to over fire the stove, how to shake the ashes,how to clean and summerize the stove and what things to watch out for. When it came time to light her up, it was uneventful and I stayed in the one match club my first season burning. If you're going to do something that potentially can burn down your house and/or make you push up daisies,...learn as much as you can before you do so!