City-Slickers Guide To Fire-Up A Woodstove Or Fireplace
Woodstoves are very efficient and will heat-up large spaces very quickly.
Instructions below are for our Hearthstone Stove but can be used for most other makers as well. Use the same fire building/starting steps in a fireplace
Open rear vent gate located on the right rear side of the stove (Fig. #2 & #4).
Open the top vent located on the front top left side of the stove. Insert the “T” handle into the slotted control lock - ¼ turn counterclockwise opens this vent (Fig. #1).
Rotate the Bottom Vent/Automatic Thermostat Control Lever to the 2 o’clock position to open the bottom vent flapper. Lever is located on the top left rear of the stove (see Fig. #3). When the stove is burning full sized logs, this thermostat will automatically adjust the airflow to keep the fire going. If you want more airflow, manually open the flapper slightly - don’t go past the 2 o’clock position.
Use the “T” handle to open the front glass door. Firmly twist about 5 separate pages of newspaper and lay them on the bottom grate inside the stove. On top of the twisted newspaper place 4 “Fire Starter Sticks”, stored in the wooden bin to the left of the fireplace. These will ignite easily and burn hot so no more than 4 sticks are needed (Fig. #5).
Now place a loose bed of kindling on top of the starter sticks with some larger 1”to 2” diameter pieces of wood on top of the kindling (Fig. #6).
Twist up another page of newspaper, light it, and hold it inside the stove above the kindling (fig. #7). This allows the hot air to rise up into the flue and initiates a draft.
Light the bed of twisted newspaper under the kindling. Once you have a good fire going, add larger pieces of wood to slowly build up the fire.
The top vent located on the top left side (Fig. #1) should be closed – ¼ turn clockwise - once the larger logs are burning. This allows the stove to burn more efficiently. The Rear Vent Gate on the right rear side of the stove (Fig.4) can be adjusted for air flow – closing it about ½ way when the stove is burning well usually works best. When burning a woodstove, it is recommended to keep a window open an inch or two to allow fresh air into the room (fires need air - so you'll need a bit more in the room)
Use a fire screen for added safety around a hot stove.
Please be cautious while opening a burning woodstove to add wood. Open the door slowly to avoid sparks and embers that may “pop” with the sudden added airflow.
DO NOT ALLOW CHILDREN NEAR THE STOVE!
Do NOT roast marshmallows or burn anything other than provided wood!
Now - sit back, relax, cuddle-up and enjoy a favorite beverage in front of the warmth of a cozy woodstove here at our Pocono Log Home Getaway
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