Woke up at 3 for a call to the head yeah I know it sucks getting old.There seems to be a new set of rules and one is pee when you have a chance too.. LOL..Wanted to get a relight on my tiny stove and a few days ago brought in some very well aged splits knowing it was going to be bitter cold for a few days. Got a bit of a kindling fire going on the coals burned it for 20 minutes and stove top at 400. loaded in first split and let it takes off for a minute or two then the next. for a 75% fill of the small firebox. stove top goes to 500 and hangs there and really not offering much to heat as the room is still 62. I drop down the air control trying to keep more heat in the stove as it seems to be burning well The secondaries light off nicely and rather happy with myself for getting it all done in a half hour and heading for bed and give it another check and the fire is out and losing draft. Newspaper to get draft back and more kindling to get some heat back. The whole load goes straight to coals. Ok what the heck did I do so wrong? Is it the wood it is very well seasoned and has been burning well certainly not under seasoned or wet in any way. If a clue it has gone from white to gray. no bark so must be from the center of a large round splittery and took off pretty quick maybe 15 seconds from loading or a bit less. I now have a stove with 6 inches of coals and turned on the oil heat while burning them down as it is under 20F this morning with snow on the ground. It is sort of funny when 35 or 40 I build epic fires that will drive you out of the house and when i need one this happens.. Oh well I am going to make an omelet and a cup of tea and regroup. All ideas welcome as always.. On another note in my quest to get wood to finish this winter out found a place that has the right size cut and split last summer and will let me try a few pieces. It is mixed hardwoods so some oak ash maple etc.. It has been stored in a large metal building since split. Does this sound usable? Iam at the point I would rather be cold than spend good money after bad.