I also like the thoughts of not having to tend the stove so often and have had the following thoughts scrambling around my little peabrain: What if a sealed metal locker was used to load the wood over the burn hole. Completely air tight so the fire could not go up inside, but the draft was taken from the bottom and drawn across the lowest part of the wood. Like dropping the wood into an inverted T-pipe. If the draft needed to be raised because of smoke backing up, then an elbow and maybe a little extra pipe to get the height you need. With the air passing along the bottom of the longer logs and the rest of the logs inside the sealed locker then fire shouldn't be able to climb the logs. Plus you dont need a high ceiling to load because you open the door, load the wood, shut the door. Whaddayathink? Im here to learn so give me your best feedback!