Well... I officially scared the bejebus out of myself right now. But first, let me tell you a little story... My husband and the neighbor welded together a magnificant wood burning stove. It keeps the house around 80 when we need it to. It's wonderful in that aspect.... but, I was never educated on how to correctly use a wood stove. So one morning, I woke up and was freezing... I had piled wood in, and lit it on fire... the fire was going great... until it went out.... I didnt know anything about a damper at this time. So, naturally, I opened the door on the stove... so what do you think happened?? My husband called it a back draft... The flame shot out the front and engulfed my face and chest. I immediately jumped back as fast as i could. I must have jumped 6 feet back... I checked the house, and myself very quickly, to make sure nothing was on fire. I was sure I was on fire... Nope. Thank the LORD nothing caught fire. I went to the bathroom to check my face... I noticed I no longer had any eyebrows, it took half my eyelashes, and a bunch of my hair was singed off... since then, my husband deals with the fire.... until a few months ago (my husband taught me how to use it now). My husband has been in california working and recording with his band. And I am here to man the fires... Well... a few times my husband did the fires, sometimes he'd pile too much in the front, and it would make a loud "poof" noise, and flames and smoke would try to escape out the front in what little space it could. It's so loud and it does it with so much force, that I panic. I immediatly freak out and if my husband is out in the yard, i scream for him. I suppose that is because of the first incident I had.... Well... today... I did just that. Put too much wood in... because it was 50 in the house, and my kids and I were cold. The fire did that poof thing. And I panicked. I tried to call my husband, but he's in a rehersal. So i called the neighbor. He told me to open the damper all the way. So I have, and now the fire it out. But I am still terrified of the darn thing. So from now on, only a few pieces of wood will be put in there to try to avoid this... Anyone else do something like this? How do you handle it?