When I start a fire in my wood stove I tend to gradually build my fire up and let the stove take 15 - 30 minutes to climb up to around 300 F before I start adding larger splits. I will crack my side door for a few minutes to get my kindling going well, but then shut the door and let my open primary feed the fire, which makes for a much slower start up than leaving the door open until things are going like a blast furnace inside the stove. I've seen people go to the other extreme of even opening their ash doors to kick start their fire as fast as possible. We all know that isn't acceptable and will damage your stove, but I'm wondering what other people's fire starting style is. I let my fires build gradually because it seems to me like it is better for the stove to not have rapid expansion taking place. However, I also know that a hotter fire is going to let less creosote build up in the liner. So, what is your style, "peddle to the metal" or "easy rider"?