I started up my Mark III friday nite, and it's been smooth sailing so far.
We had a low of 14 here sunday morning, WOW.!
anyway, I like to see my stack temps running around 200...
a little less on warmer days, and a little higher in colder weather
where daytime highs stay under 20.
I usually am turned out 1.5 - 2 full turns on the draft
control. I am finding that a good shaking twice a day is
all i need... but i mean a "good shaking". I think the first
couple years I didn't shake quite enough, and could get a low
fire after 10-12 hrs,,, but now after burning a full box, i can come
shake and load much quicker if i get her shook down real good.
I shake until i get some live embers coming thru the grates, and
i see a nice full orange glow in the ashpan from the grates above.
this keeps a more constant flow of air, unlike when i didn't shake enough
and was getting too much ash built up.
rarely do i ever see temps over 400, only during startup or if trying
to rebuild a severly low fire.