New EPA user from an old Defiant. It appears that these stoves are a bit fussy with dry wood and have found that I can't keep consistent hot stove top temps for hours and end up with a boatload of coals that need to be burned down before reloading, therefore losing heat output waiting for coals to be burned down. I have primarily red oak this season but have a better mix in the next few years. The MC ranges from 18-22% so I am wondering if this may be the cause of the massive amount of coals. A bit concerned heading into cold weather. My Defiant would only burn for a few hours but if was real hot and burned down to ash. Is having a bunch of coals a problem for others with these EPA stoves? Not sure this stove will put out as much heat "pound for pound" but any suggestions would be helpful. The thing this stove has going for it over the Defiant is that I don't need to cold start everyday.