do you just add the whole 4 inches to the wood fire
all at once? is it smothering the fire, and never
really taking off?
you may want to take this approach:
when you think your wood fire is ready,
add another bunch of wood and let that burn
down some more! also, make sure you are using
hard wood, not soft wood or kindling.
then, once that good hot fire is turning to a
bed of coals,, sprinkle a small layer of coal on,
not so much that it covers all of your wood coals
completely,, and see if that gets the coal started.
you may even want to use maximum draft for this,
to get it going. (with my stove i open the ash door for
a bit and watch it closely)
once you see the coal glowing nice and red... then add a little
more.. maybe a couple inches... but not enough to smother the
then once that layer is going,, you should ge able to lay on a nice
deep bed. again, if you need more draft to get it going, then adjust
if you can get this far... you should be ok for the rest of the day/nite
if everything else is ok. the trick is good hot wood fire, with hardwood,
and start the coal slow enough that you don't smother that.
anybody else with different opinions?