Wood stoves can be used to heat up a room, cook food. Someone ever said that, keeping a fire in a wood stove is like having a pet in the house with you. There is nothing like a real fire in the middle of winter. Nothing can beat real flames and loosing yourself staring into the blazing heart of a wood fire. Don't rely on gas, oil supplies or electricity but guarantee you and your loved ones a cosy home with a newly installed wood stove. As wood burning is free, or if you pay for it, much cheaper and more cost-effective than other fuels, and it's renewable, much safer.

How to use and operate your wood stove,there are some tips you need follow.

Read the instructions and directions that came with your wood stove.

Clean the stove, masonry and flues.

Next, put pieces of crumpled newspaper or thin cardboard in the bottom of your stove.

Open up all the vents and the flue and light the starter. However, smoke is energy going to waste, and creating problems to boot. In order to minimize smoke spilling into the house, when you first start a fire in a cold stove - with a cold chimney - use a hair dryer or heat gun shooting up the chimney from inside the stove for a minute or two to preheat the flue. This will get the air moving up the chimney before you introduce any smoke, thus eliminating smoke getting inside.

Then maintaining the fire by adding more wood to the stove before the fire goes completely out. Adjust the vents and flue to regulate the airflow.

Moreover, you also need to keep in mind that, keep all flammable items at least 5 feet away from the stove to help prevent the risk of fire. When you use your woodburning stove as an overnight heat source it's important to load it properly to avoid a smoldering fire.

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