I have heard others mention that you should not slightly open the ash pan door under the stove to help get your fire going but it is o.k. to slightly open your main door to do the same job. Trying this, the ash pan door method works so much better - turns the fire into a furnace pretty quickly. To me using the ash pan door seems to be a better method for a couple reasons. 1- Opening this door directs the air up from the bottom and right into the bottom center on your coals. If opening the main front door the air gets sucked in right into the middle of your flame/wood thus not really stoking the fire al it really does is just blow the flames all around. 2- Opening the ask pan door with the fire being above it there is less of a chance that smoke or flame will sneak out of the stove. Opening the main front door you have to be very carefull when opening this door to keep the smoke in the stove. So please tell me, why not use the ask pan door to stoke the coals?