In my quest to become the perfect Singletracker, I recently had a wood buring stove installed. It is a Charnwood c-four with a double skin external flue (no chimney in the house)
I've only had it a few days but struggling so far to get it up to, and maintain, a nice hot fire.
This is what I do:
Largish heap of kindling on top of firelighter
Vent open, door ajar a tiny bit, cue fierce burning of kindling
Allow kindling to burn until charred, then plonk on a log (well seasoned, 18%ish moisture log)
Close door, leave vent fully open
This all goes well but then the fire hovers just below optimum temp on the stove thermometer, most of the time the fire goes out unless I open the door again. Closing the vent beyond boost is terminal, the fire just goes out.
What am I doing wrong? Will using kiln dried wood help?