Gang, OK, despite having burned for years, I am still Grasshopper. When to reload? Quad 4300 step top with a blower....should I get a thermometer and go by that, look for when a coal bed has been reached, etc? It seems that I just can't get it right....either it's a reload on a big coal bed that then produces a thermonuclear explosion, or I reload when the stove is too cool and have to start from scratch again. As before, I am a newbie. Wood is three year old ash, oak and maple. Also, some two year old hickory.