If I could get longer burn times, like you guys do, I would run it till may. But tending to it,(as often as I must), takes some of the fun out of it. This is my "stove" schedule.
1- 6 am. R+R (rake and riddle, cause it's almost dead), M/T ash pan, and refill hopper.
2- Noon. Wife comes home, R+R (cause it's almost dead) and top off hopper.
3- 3 pm. Wife is done with work, and will riddle, only cause she wants to.
4- 4 pm. I come home, and check the stove, just cause I want to. (sometimes will adjust).
5- 6 or 7pm- light R+R, to keep it hot. (possibly repeat at 9 or 10)
6- 11-11:30 pm, (bed time) R+R, M/t ash pan, top off hopper.
Looks pretty tedious, doesn't it?
It could be altered somewhat, but because we're home in the afternoon most of the time, it doesn't bother us too much to play. But the most negative fact is, if I don't take care of it 1st thing in the morning, by the time the wife comes home at noon, it'll "probably" be dead. Don't think she'll go 12 hrs, even on "super" slow. But I've gotten use to it, and compromises must be made to cut the oil bill "almost" in 1/2, and keep the house warmer.