Is that possible with the air wide open? As mentioned here I'm running a newly installed Atlanta Homesteader. Model 2410-GU to be exact. I'll crack the ash pan door when initially starting a fire. The damper is wide open and the air intake door is wide open. After flue temps (according to Rutland thermometer) reach 350, I'll close the ash door and leave the air intake open and the damper open at first. The fire usually smolders down to lazy flames if any at all, and shortly after becomes flameless smoldering after an hour or so. She's cranking out heat but it's short lived due to those conditions. If I take a lookey see...there's all my fuel (wood) and it's badly burned and charred but it's still there. If I crack the ash door, she comes to life. Is it possible my air intake is too small? That seems NOT so logical since they sold these things for years. It's not plugged or blocked in anyway. Or am I closing things up way to soon.? Flue temps dump down to 150-200 range, but it's still putting out good heat. FYI I can only say that cause my house is so small I'm sure. Do you guys really ignore the damper and regulate flow with the intake? It doesnt seem to help me. Is it possible my intake is too small? I'm doubting it. Pictured below. Is this shoulder burning blues I'm experiencing? Maybe the stove is simply TOO tight?