OK, so you people know everything. At least, it always seems like you do. So, here's a question:
I have two whattyacallem air-tight woodstoves in my old farmhouse. Sometimes they pitch out some great heat. And sometimes, they just sputter and smoulder and I spend all night shuffling back and forth, moving logs around, trying to get the flames to build. I leave them alone (usually right after I hear "Do you have to be so anal? Leave the goddamn fire alone and it'll go on its own!") ... and come back to find them barely glowing and in need of rescue. Forget going to bed and hoping to wake up to a warm hearth - things are stone cold by morning.
I have ample supply of well-seasoned, dry firewood. And I can get the fires started just fine, thank you. But what suggestions do you smarty-pantses have for getting that optimum blaze, that warm, cozy fire that lasts for hours without having to be tinkered with?
I assume the size of my logs (oh, please, come back when you graduate from third grade) is important. And the placement. And the air flow. But damned if I've stumbled on the formula.
So, OK ... impress the hell outta me. Be my fire-Yoda.