Hi all; As anybody with a working rmh knows, once your mass has been heated up, there is a strong draft at the feed tube. Originally I would put in paper , pile kindling on top and lite ... just like any wood stove. Well with a warm stove, most of the time I would watch my burning paper float down the burn tunnel! Might lite the kindling might not. Then I would try kindling first with paper on top... This works sort of ok most of the time, but not always. Now I believe I've got the perfect method. Two full size pieces of wood (nice if its pitch wood) blocking +90% of the burn tunnel, then two pieces of paper with kindling on top, Lights every time ! No paper up the burn tunnel , nice pile of burning kindling and if you used it the pitch wood will be roaring. Add the rest of your wood and enjoy the heat!
Not all who wander are lost... J.R.R. Tolkien
This looks like a job for .... legal tender! It says so right in this tiny ad:
A rocket mass heater heats your home with one tenth the wood of a conventional wood stove