My wife and I are leaving town for a few days soon and leaving the kids with the grandparents. Grandpa is fine at starting fires and is generally attentive and responsible, but has little fireplace insert experience. I have explained some things to him, but I've also typed up some operating/safety instructions for his use and my piece of mind. Anything you'd add or change to help someone get by for a few days?: General fireplace insert Safety Tips: · Always be sure the door is completely sealed before leaving the fireplace unattended (turned all the way to the left) · Be sure the airflow is max before opening the fire door otherwise harmful gases and particulates can enter the room (max airflow is lever pushed all the way in) · Never open the door with the fan on · Keep combustibles like kindling, paper, wood, etc. a safe distance from fireplace especially at night or when unattended (nothing should remain on tile unattended) Restarting a fire from hot coals: 1. Push the airflow to max (lever all the way in) 2. Turn off the fan 3. Use the fire shovel to rake coals from the back of the stove to the front 4. Put a log in the back and then load the rest of the stove 5. Shut the door & Turn on fan 6. Once the wood is fully engulfed in flame and the fan is running, decrease the airflow by pulling the lever out about 20% 7. Every 5 to 10 minutes after this pull the lever out 20% more until it is 80-90% of minimum airflow (lever pulled out) 8. Enjoy the fire until it is time to reload Starting a fire from scratch or minimal coals: 1. Turn off the fan 2. Use the fire shovel to rake coals from the back of the stove to the front 3. Ball up a bunch of newspaper pieces and place them on the bottom 4. Put 1-2 pieces of fatwood on the bottom as well as some kindling 5. Load the stove with smaller to medium logs (save bigger pieces for reloads) 6. Shut the door & Turn on fan 7. Once the wood is fully engulfed in flame and the fan is running, decrease the airflow by pulling the lever out about 20% 8. Every 5 to 10 minutes after this pull the lever out 20% more until it is 80-90% of minimum airflow (lever pulled out) 9. Enjoy the fire until it is time to reload General Fireplace Insert Tips: · Using proper burning techniques minimizes pollution, reduces creosote buildup in fireplace (which causes fire) & conserves wood supply · The goal is to get the secondary burners roaring! (If airflow is low and wood is sputtering try increasing airflow as needed) · In addition to great heat you know you’re burning well by going outside and examining your chimney. Dark to black smoke is very bad, and clear is very good! White smoke is acceptable in the startup phase of a fire · Safety always comes first! PS: Thanks to everyone I've learned many of these tips from!