You are very brave and a terrific member of this community!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks Jane (why brave?)
JLF53 wrote:In the beginning I used to count the number of times I shook the handle trying to use a standard amount to achieve more consistent results. Now I do it more on looks.
Tough to try standard techniques because the amount & consistency of ash is always different, requiring different amounts of shaking & poking each time.
JLF53 wrote:there is no way I would leave the ash door open while shaking. somehow the ash flys out into the room if I do it that was.
If you let your fire really brighten up, the ash will pretty much be sucked back into the stove when you shake with the ash door open. (I've done it both ways.. (ash door open & door closed) & prefer to see the embers fall as it happens)
Sounds like you are happier with your stove now Jane?