I appreciate your input but i am really confident that is not the issue. i have been a slave to the stove for the last 4 hours and the temp is 275 right now. i have gone through an entire bundle and i am working on the 2nd bundle now. ( i bought 4 bundles). once the fire is going and i add 2 - 3 splits the fire starts to die down. i keep the draft door open all the way, the door open 1-2 inches and the temp is still at 250-275. I should not have to go through 2 full bundles to get it to 300 should I? If i put in 3 splits it seems to want to die down with all the air supply i can give it. once the door is closed, forget it. barely a flame. Again, it has be 4 hours. I would think that the stove would and should be hot enough to keep the fire going at this point.