Originally Posted by gtr
Just did a quick skim through the posts here - I may have missed it but I don't think there's a mention yet of preheating wood - which is a very good thing to do. Just set yer splits on the firebox as they wait their turn - might need to turn 'em once in a while. I've had 'em go up in flames sitting on the box. Occasionally there will be a little white smoke when adding a split, but it goes away quickly and is nothing to worry about.
Also, just to add, I keep all vents all the way open all the time and control temps by size of fire.
since I insulated my firebox the top doesn't get hot enough anymore to start the wood smoking
Now I will just put a split in the firebox on the opposite side of the fire about 10 mins before putting it in the fire. Luckily my firebox is big enough to allow that
That works real good for me
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