What is the reason to pre-heat the wood before throwing it on the fire? Also, since I'm new to stick burning, it seems the general consensus is that a small, compact fire is better than a big one?
The way we've been doing it recently (using a Lang 84, with an added charcoal basket) Is to dump half a bag of charcoal and a few larger splits, start the fire, let it get up to temp, and then add an occasional split or two once an hour. It ends up being a pretty big fire though. What should we be doing differently?
I know we're not pre heating any of the wood, and the splits we've been using are generally pretty large (18" long, 4"-6" wide).
thanks for all the help!