Has this happened to anyone? I have an older stove. Every morning I clean out the ashes, which fall through slots in the floor into an ash tray. Most of the time there are hot coals still left from the night before, and these are what I use to start the day's fire. I take old bark and leaves and sprinkle on the coals. Then I get some kindling wood and put on the bark and leaves,.. then i throw in a couple of logs. Then, I shut the doors in front. (it also has a top loading door) I pull out the ash tray a little which forms a wonderful draft that gets the fire ignited quickly. Well this morning while I was waiting for it to ignite,,. boy did it ever. It exploded,.. and the force was great enough that it popped open the top loading door , and also blew out underneath in the ash tray,.. covering me with smoke and bits of ash and soot from the stove. It scared the daylights out of me.. It happened so fast. Now I am really wary of my stove, which I have loved up to this morning. Anyone can tell me what this was? I know what huffing is,... this wasn't it. I have been doing this with the same wood stove for 10 years and this is the first time I had this happen. I do not want a repeat of this. thank you!