Is 5 gallons of ash a week excessive from 24/7 burning
Is 5 gallons of ash a week excessive from 24/7 burning 1 yr seasoned Live Oak, Red Oak and Pecan? My goal is a mild fire during the day and a good load of wood before bedtime (w/o any choking except closed plate glass doors and 75-90 % closed damper in the 14Ã¢ÂÂ ID dia pipe). I seem to be shoveling seasoned wood in and ash out Ã¢ÂÂdailyÃ¢ÂÂ vs getting a good bed of coals.
My goal at bedtime is to have coal the next morning that is not always with 10Ã¢ÂÂ dia, 1 yr seasoned wood. I tried some less than 1 yr seasoned wood (6 mo with cracks vs time) this week (for better coals) to see it took more seasoned wood to burn the wood. 1. How often do you add wood? 2. Do you get a good bed of coal to hold with 1 yr old seasoned wood? 3. Could this be a regional matter due to North TX heat vs Northern climates?