Hello All! I am a newbie to burning. This is my first season trying to heat my home with wood. I recently bought a fireplace insert off of Craigslist. I am trying to figure out the methods of burning. I have gotten the long overnight burn method down by what I have read here about putting big splits in the back and pulling the coals forward. My current question is what is the best way to burn when you are home? The reason I want to know this is two-fold 1.) to conserve wood and 2.) my fireplace insert is in my tv room and I don't want it so hot that I can't sit in my tv room and relax. From my experience the fire burns cleaner when it is hot~ 400* on my stove top thermometer. When I want to chill in the tv room I just have one or two logs on the fire. I check it about 45 minutes and if it's smokey in the firebox I will move the wood around to promote a better burn. Does anyone have any advice for this newbie on burning when I'm home, but not making it so hot that it runs me out of me favorite room? Thanks!