Believe you me, there have been many utterings of creative profanity in my efforts to get this thing burning!
I [u]had[u] a draft that would have sucked a small child out of the living room when we were putting together the stove pipe. However, I seem to have lost much of that in the process of connecting stove to chimney. I have received the loaner manometer and am working on getting a lively enough fire going so that I can use it - stuck the probe in earlier and the needle never even moved!
So, I am going to resist the impulse to shake and only poke later today and see if it keeps my fire hotter. Right now, I actually have the ash door closed AND I have blue flames in the front of the firebox. YAY.
PS - Suggestions on when to open the vents at the top front of the stove? They aren't ever even mentioned in the manual.