When is it best to reload the wood, when it really down to 200-300 degrees or when it drops to 450 or so. OR does it really matter? Might be a silly question but it is the way one learns. Have a older VC Resolute and LOVE it but do not think I get the best heat out of it that it should produce! It burns well when the damper is closed but somehow the room does not get warm enough for me. room is 20x12 and open to small kitchen on one end and to dining room on other end which leads to lving room and then small hall and bedroom/bathroom. The room it is in gets to about 70 after hours and hours and the living room which is about 20 feet away gets to at most, 66. I can get the stove up to 750 or more but do not do that as a habit, usually shut the damper (there is also a rear damper thing they call a thermostat) at about 600degrees and it cruises there for a while and then starts down as the wood burns. It has a secondary burn thing in back that reburns the smoke for fuel taht was unused etc. I use good wood, but wonder if I am reloading too soon or does it matter. I get the stove up to 600 or so, reload it and wait a few minutes for that to light up and then close the damper, once it drops to about 450 I then reload and wait for it to light and get up to 500-600 and close the damper again.