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Starting a fire in a warmed up rmh

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Location: latitude 47 N.W. montana zone 6A
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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!
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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
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