i hear ya coal4u. i live in elba, aint far! just plowed my driveway, parents, grandmas, uncles, and 2 friends up the road in a john deere 3010 open cab. hour and a half! but the house is 74 and toasty. just shook down and put about ten pounds on it for overnight. i will keep all of you posted about the new shaker grates. the slop needs to be taken out, if not, it puts a lot of stress on them and thats what makes the nubs snap in my eyes. i believe the kind hearted north candlewood was also gonna look into a new shaker system, i dont know if he was gonna keep it the side to side shaker or the sliding action like your claytons, but he was looking into something. hats off to this guy, a lot of people, including me, have called him with problems and he solved them. round of applause!