jebatty said:Almost never fill the stove. I find I get the most consistent and efficient heat output by not overfilling the stove. The following is what the wife and I both do. Our wood is very dry, three full summers of drying for all of our stove wood.
If outside temp is mid 20's or above, this single burn will heat our whole house just about for the day. Then do the same thing in the evening (morning fire has burned out), and that's all the heat we need until the next morning.
We heat 1500 sq ft exclusively with our wood stove - no other heat to supplement.
Adirondackwoodburner said:alot of things are dependent. temp outside is the number one. Having said that, when its in the dead of winter, I fill my Olympic up as much as possible. I typically will place 4 large splits on the bottom and then fill in the tops with smaller splits.
BotetourtSteve said:Pack it in, but try to leave an inch or so from reburn tubes and inch or so from glass.
MishMouse said:On my TL-300, once I get it going good I pack it full, open it on high get a good burning going, activate the re burn chamber (when it activates), and get about a 9-10 hour burn with stove top still at 400.