I just got my first wood stove (an Avalon Perfect fit ) installed 2 days ago. I will admit I’m a total newbie to woodstoves, but I’ve done a lot of reading (mostly here!) and video watching to try to learn a bit. My 1st 2 fires haven’t gone very well at all, though. Despite leaving the air control pushed in all the way (full open), the fire never seems to get going very well unless I keep one of the doors open. With the door open, it starts burning well – lots of flame, etc. When I close the door, the fire really dies down to almost hot coals with little flame. Is this something I’m doing wrong, or does the air control need some kind of adjustment (other than pushing/pulling the lever). I’ve definitely made some mistakes but I’ve been learning from them (some of my wood isn’t seasoned that well, so I’ve been trying to use different wood that’s been sitting for a couple of years. I’ve also “smothered” the fire on more than 1 occasion when adding wood, creating a lot of smoke, etc). I seem to be getting the same results no matter what, though. If the stove is fine, I’m not sure how to get a hotter fire. I see the slot for what I’m guessing to be the air control (in the very front) has ash in it now – I’ll look to vacuum that out, but I don’t think that’s the issue either. One thing I might be doing wrong is not adding enough wood, but I’ve been reluctant to load more than 4 pieces or so because I’m only trying to do break in fires – could that be the issue? I didn't think that was it because it seems more like an air problem than a fuel one, but I'm not sure at all now what else to try.