so tonight we lit her and kept chucking logs on but is this best or should you pile it high let it burn down then pile it up again ? Also were all burned out now well its still mad hot but down to glowing lumps - dh reckons we should open airflow right up now toburn it all off but I thought you should almost close it fully but not quite to maintain a nice little trickle - whats the answer?
You've probably mastered it by now but the trick is to have the value open and let the air in until the temperature has got really high and then to close off the value (or just let in a trickle of air). Then just top up as the logs burn down. Recommendations are to use smaller logs since they burn more effectively (often because they are better seasoned). If you let it burn right down before you put another log on you'll have let the temperature drop and it will be harder wrk to keep it going.
You can get a magnetic thermometer for the flue - ours has a zone to aim for and once you're in the zone you reduce the air intake so you are burning at a nice heat but not overdoing it if you see what I mean....
Search amazon for wood burner thermometer - can't seem to cut and paste tonight !