BigFoot wrote:If she goes out again I'm going to unload the hole burn pot and put some ash on the bottom and start it like that to see if it will make a thicker fire ?
First off my disclaimer, I don't run my AA year round...so take this for what it's worth.
I think you're on the right path if you go this route as stated above. I like to save smaller hand picked clinkers to use as a ash base for my next new start-up. It seems to help establish the fire a lot better than ash that has a bunch of powdery ash mixed in.
I've wondered about what builds up on those AA grates running 24/7 year round...imagined some coals do better and some do worse for diminishing the effectiveness of the ashing cycle or more so the ability for combustion air to be as designed.
Also, I found out the fire doesn't like too many bottom of the bin fines getting loaded on a fire...that messes the whole fire-pot up.