Bottle of whiskey moves things along just a bit quicker!
I'm just thinking out loud : WOW this thread is still going! Like the Energizer bunny ...... after a trip to C O L U M B I A ...
I figured I'd toss in my 2 fifths worth .... I musta missed this one back in '08!
I put one layer of charcoal ... nothin' fancy ... just Kingsford ... the company that Henry Ford spawned .... & douse it with lighter fluid. I use quite a bit, because I hate doing it twice ... & it will always burn if you over do it.
Light the charcoal in the 4 corners of the stove, then one in the middle (that's my method .... any flame position will do
), then open/close the ash door so as to keep the fire under control -- if you leave it wide open, you'll have flames all the way out the pipe into the chimney. Once the charcoal seems to be burning well -- some whitish coloring on the edges which turns red when I open the ash door wide -- I shovel on a layer of coal ....... wait till that catches, then another .. and another ...... Wait .. I was talking about whiskey .... where the hell am I ?????
Oh yeah .... when those HOT blue ladies start dancin' away, fill it to the brim ...... and when you think you can't fit any more (handfired) toss in another couple shovelfulls .....
& enjoy the warmth!