New to me house, and wood burning is all new to me. My question is, when do I damp the stove? I get a fire going with tinder and kindling, then a small log or two, then a couple of fuel logs. As long as the fire is blazing away, is it best to leave the dampers open and let the fire go until I'm at coals? The stove loads from the right and has dampers left and right. I just don't know when to close them or why, and what I should be looking for to get the best performance out of my insert. I located a vent in the wall a few feet from the stove that is open to the outside with chicken wire nailed to the exterior wall of the house. The previous owners stuffed the vent with newspaper. While I had the stove going I went outside and put my hand against the wall above the vent and felt no heat going out, so it seems like it might be there to assist the draft. The vent in the wall is roughly parallel to the stove door and about three feet away. The opening is about three inches across and eight high. Any ideas? Thank you.