Hey guys, well since I had my over fire scare a few weeks back I am not cracking my door to get a fire going on a good bed of coals. What I cant stand is while watching the splits catch fire the fire box will have smoke in it until things get going good and then smoke will go away and Im off to the races. Is this start up smoke a big deal ( will this smoke fill the liner with creosote)? It last about 5 or 10 minutes during start up. Also I have been trying the rake the coals forward method and It seem like towards the end of the burn I get smoke coming out of my chimney and I have to give it more air, kinda like when the bottom log in the back gets its chance to burn the air is dampered down (3/4 closed) and it cant get going. I wouldnt want this going on when Im not at home.