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Posted By Bster13,
Apr 29, 2013 at 9:50 AM
Every fire even in the winter if I want to get 8 hours sleep if I wake up during the night I will throw some wood in and sit with it for 15 minutes to make sure it is burning well. Downside of that is I usually end up falling asleep on the couch..LOL..
Normally from Thanksgiving on we don't start new fires until March.
You may want to re-think about the super cedars simply because they make the job so much easier and they are not expensive. My wife used to really have a problem starting a new fire until we got some super cedars. Now she can tend to that chore easily and can also do it without any kindling wood. Nothing wrong with making the job easier.
I guess if all goes according to plan, the wife won't have to start the fire much with the BK Princess Insert, and if she enjoys the warmth and I'm not home she can throw a few splits on.
Otherwise if she needs to start the fire....well it'll be a stretch for her, but I never say never. Haha. If it is few and far between, maybe a few fire starters won't break the bank. We'll see.
She'll get used to running the stove. When I had my Endeavor my wife worked from home, she ran the stove better than me. She knows how to run the BK and does a couple weeks a year when I'm gone. Beside for those couple weeks she never has to load it but will adjust the blowers and T-stat as she see's fit.
For us heating with wood was/is a family commitment. When you invite fire into your home everyone who is capable of running the stove should understand how it works and all the dangers that go along with it.
I never have to start one in the morning, the fire is always still going strong. But I didn't always load it up again in the morning before going to work, so often had to re-start the stove during the week when I came home from work. Takes 5 minutes, peice of cake. SUPER easy way to start a quick fire:
Post #9 and Post #15 http://www.hearth.com/talk/threads/fire-starting-with-a-modern-stove.105231/#post-1368668