I’m still trying to find the balance there with log size myself. But either yours isn’t breathing righ, you have wet wood or don’t have enough coals to sustain a fire when you close the door. My bet would be wet wood or not enough coals, regardless of a reload or fresh top down cold start.No - I should get a meter. They've been in the garage since last winter though. But they are chonky logs; I think I need a load of smaller splits.