Hi folks, I dug into my supply of 3"x6" and 4"x6" oak blocks (from a local pallet manufacturer, seasoned since Feb 2012, just shy of 2 years) for a long low burn in the new Beta Ideal Steel stove. The blocks are cut 8 " to 14" in length on average so I was able to stagger them in an EW loading pattern to the very front and very top (and I removed the andirons for this test). I left a little space at the top for secondary air burn and a two inch space down the bottom middle in which I placed two of my homemade firestarters and one piece of 2x2 pine. This was on a cold bed of ash (which surprisingly still had a few hot coals remaining 40 hours after last reload.) I lit the firestarters at 3:00pm on full air, room temp at 68, outside temp 37, I'll let the flue temps on my Bacharach probe thermometer on the double wall stove pipe get up to about 600 degrees, then I'll engage the cat. After a bit longer I'll dial down the air. When its fully engaged and stove top temps get to about 400 I'll turn the air down to zero for a long low burn.