Hi Gents, Been lurking a long time here. We recently had an Avalon Rainer insert installed in the fireplace a year ahead of schedule. Long story but I had purchased the stove almost two years ago because the deal was just too good to pass up. Anyways now I have this stove installed in my smallish older home and it's been keeping us warm for the past month. My problem is I had the stove installed but didn't have enough dry cord wood to feed it. I now have a little over 3 cord split and stacked for next year but that doesn't help me now. I'm hesitant to purchase any wood because most of what I've found isn't truly seasoned. I've read a lot on here about the North Idaho and Home Fire logs. Based on what I've read the NIEL are superior but the closest supplier is 1+ hour away. I did find the home fire pressed logs and the blazer energy logs nearby. The blazer logs make good heat but only for a short time. Based on what I read the home fire logs would be comparable to the NIEL so I picked a few up to try. Tonight was my first experience with the home fire logs and I'm disappointed compared to the blazer logs. So far I haven't been able to get my stove over 500F since starting cold. Am I missing something? I was ready to drive the hour plus for a pallet of the NIEL but now I'm reconsidering. Is there a trick with these logs ie you can only get good heat when adding to a warm stove? Anyone have experience burning only these compressed firelogs with using cord wood?