Sounds like a good plan. I'll give it a shot asap and thanks for the tips guys!I would stack split on top of split, which is not that hard to do. Run it all the way to the top.
I put wood in the hopper and in the FB, where I have to add wood about every 20 to 30 minutes. I've got a grate in the FB pan that gets the chunks up out of the bottom with the ash. And they burn easily there, in fact, there's been times I open the FB door and the chunks are in flame.