Many thanks ktm rider. You get used to one type of fuel and changing is like a whole new ball game. I really appreciate you sharing your bit tips and hope to have it mastered before the big snow hits.
I use a hoe with a forked end on the other side. Works well breaking up the big chunks of red hot. I will try the hole method this weekend so I can monitor the burning. My FIL has the same setup as I do, he's waiting until I master it before he babysteps away from wood.
Thank again and have a good turkey day.