For those of you who are new to wood stoves, here are a few basic tips to get you started:
Our first tip is a very basic one, but be sure to read the owner's manual/instruction manual on your stove. If you have misplaced it, try contacting the company who manufactures the stove for a copy of one. It is important to know how your stove works as different types of wood stoves can be different in how they should be used. Also, your manual will have helpful information on your particular wood stove.
Before using your stove, you will want to check that it has been properly installed. Be sure that there is a proper clearance around the stove, away from combustible materials. The floor also needs to have appropriate support for the stove and protection from it.
Be sure to use seasoned wood. Seasoned wood is wood that has been allowed to dry out. If the wood is still "green" then more of your fuel will go towards drying out the wood while it burns. This extra moisture can cause excess creosote build up, which can cause chimney/flue fires. It is also advised to burn hardwoods. When you burn soft woods they burn more quickly than hardwoods do, and they also emit a larger amount of combustible gasses which causes fuel to be wasted in the form of excess unburned smoke.
If using synthetic logs, be sure to follow the instructions on the packaging.
It will also help you to know how to build a fire in a woodstove.