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There is an art form to building a fire in a wood burning insert. The first step is to make sure that the chimney has been inspected in the past twelve months. If you has no obstructions and is well maintained the first order of business is to open the damper. This is normally found on the front of the stove, above the glass. Pull the damper handle to you and this will put it in the open position. Take newspaper and make about 10 balls of paper about the size of a softball. Place kindling wood on top of the paper. The kindling wood should no bigger than 1 ¼” in diameter…. Now light the paper. To get the fire started, you must have draw up the chimney. The chimney will be warmed by the burning paper and continue with the kindling slowly catching fire creating a good draw up the chimney. If smoke would happen to come into the room crack a window to reverse the air flow. Once The fire is going well add the logs to the fire and close the door to the insert.
As the weather turns to cold days and nights we look for ways to add supplemental heating. Many people use kerosene heaters though I rarely recommend them. If you want to use this type of heater make sure that the room has proper ventilation. When refueling your heater, make sure that it has cooled down and that the process takes place outside. You should only use crystal clear K 1 kerosene. Any other type of fuel is asking for big problems including an explosion in your home. The wick on the heater should be checked every few weeks during the heating season. If the wick is found to be dirty clean or replace it. Kerosene heaters do have an open flame, it should never be used in a room where there are flammable solvents, aerosol sprays, gasoline or any type of oil.