I have had a few questions about how I get my stove so hot so quickly, so here it is. Pic 1 is the wood I will use - some of it is 30%(not dry enough, but what I have), half is about 20%. Pic 2 is the start - inverted V with the 2 biggest pieces. If I had coals, I would pile them in the middle by the primary air. No coals today. Pic 3 is ignition - log cabin pile of wood, with birch bark for tinder, shoved in middle. Pic 4 liftoff - door is closed, air open. Thermometer is cold at this point. Some smoke in the box, but doesn't last long. Pic 5 - T + 13 mins - all the wood is engaged, thermometer is at 550-600 Pic 6 and 7 - T + 15 - air to half, temp now 650-700. wood is starting to collapse between the two larger splits on the bottom. Then at T + 40, reload, char, and turn down. Thats how I do it. My one concern has always been that I am getting it too hot too fast, but I haven't had anyone here say that yet - so I ask, am I firing too fast?