Hi Jerry, Well I fired up my new LL hearth and I think it's working great. It was very easy to start with the burn bags. The following is what the stove did for me at high burn.
Thermostat set at 80* daytime and 68* nightime. Outside temp last night here was 47*
Stove body temp - 550*
Stove pipe temp after baro - 130* to 150*
Manometer reading - -.03
Max setting at 47 = a 6" wide bed or red coals with a flame about an inch from the top of the stove. 2 inches of ash at end of chute going into ash pan.
Min setting at 7 = a 2" wide bed of red coals with a flame about 2 inches high.
I have a small ranch with the stove in the basement. I have 5" x 12" vents in the floors of each room. In my two farthest rooms, which are also the coldest I could only keep them about 68* unless I used a little electric space heater. I boxed the vents in from below in these two rooms and mounted 2-120 cfm muffin fans blowing down. Acting as a cold air return. In a short period of time with the hearth set at 80* and my basement at 80* my entire upstais was about 75* and the wife was yelling to turn the stove down already!! I think I am on the right track and would like your opion on the above info. Also is there a rule of thumb on where to set your min and max feed? I really only guessed and I am a little confused about these settings. Otherwise I am really pleased with your product. Any advice is welcome and I think this is a great forum for a newbie like myself. Thanks to everyone.