OK, I know construction, not good fire starting! I am having trouble starting a fire in the oven I made. I downloaded the instructions from this site and ended up building the oven pretty close to spec. It has an ID of 40" and is about 18-1/2" high at the center. The door opening ended up about 18-1/2" wide and 12" tall/ The reason I give this is I hope I am not choking it off of a good air supply! I lit the paper fire in it the first time and it burned quickly and drafted reasonably well. But when I go to burn wood it looks more like a barbecue fore and never really takes off! Perhaps the wood is wet? Maybe I am just too impatient and don't build a good base fire before I add the split wood? I don't know. I did see the primer on this site. Any other ideas??
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Lighting a fire