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Outside Wood Heater - Warranty/Care & Maintenance
Operating Instructions

The fire box on your Little House Heater is warranted for 5 full years against burnout.  NOT RUST.  If Burnout should occur, return to Newman & Assoc. at Ironton, MO and they will replace the fire box at no charge for material or labor for up to 5 years from the date of purchase.

Care And Maintenance of Heater

During the heating season, do not remove all of the ashes, but leave about 2" for insulating the bottom of the unit.  To maintain safe floor temperatures, always operate with at least 2" of ash in the unit.  However, do not store the heater for the summer, or let it stand idle for any extended period of time, without first cleaning out all the ashes.  Moisture from high summer humidity reacts with accumulated ashes to from lye, which has a damaging effect on metal parts.  Wipe heater inside with a light coat of oil for summer storage.  Take down chimney and cover opening.  Crumpled newspaper also helps reduce moisture while not in use.


Operating Instructions:

Draft Control in Daily Use:
Once the heater has developed a bed of coals, you can start closing the draft control in small increments until the heater reaches the point where it is putting out the amount of heat you require.
Adding Fuel:
Keep the hot wood coals pulled to the front of the stove, by the air inlet.  This is a very important point in the efficiently using the charcoal your woodstove will produce.  Heat from burning charcoal will help clear creosote from your unit...Add new wood to the front of the heater, but don't bury the charcoal you've just pulled to the front of the unit.  Open up the draft control to admit extra air so the fire burns hotter, again to help prevent excess creosoting.
Never use gasoline, gasoline type lantern fuel, kerosene, charcoal lighter fluid, or similar liquids to start or freshen up a fire in this heater,  Keep all such liquids will away from the heater while it is in use.
Holding the Fire Overnight:
It is good practice to load up your heater 2 to 3 hours before bedtime, leaving your draft open at your normal day's setting.  This will Burn up an excessive wood gasses which might accumulate from the newly added charge of wood.  Then at bedtime, you can top off your heater with just a few pieces of wood, and the cut down your draft control opening for your night setting.
Disposal Of Ashes:
Ashes are removed through the door of the unit .  Ashes should be placed in a metal container with a tight fitting lid.  The closed container of ashes should be place on a noncombustible floor or on the ground, well away from all combustible materials, pending final disposal.  Ashes should be retained in the closed container until all cinder have thoroughly cooled.
Creosote - Formation And Need For Removal:
When wood is burned slowly, it produces tar and other vapors, which combine with expelled moisture to form creosote.  The creosote vapors condense on the relatively cool chimney flue of a slow-burning fire.  As a result, creosote residue accumulates on the flue lining.  When ignited this creosote makes an extremely hot fire.
The chimney should be inspected DAILY.  To control accumulation of residue inside the chimney, open door slightly and burn hot for five to ten minutes.  Tape pipe gently so that any accumulation will fall back into the firebox.  If this is done on a regular basis as recommended, this will prevent undue accumulations and dangers from possible chimney fires.
Do not use grate or elevate fire.  Build wood fire directly on inside bottom of stove.  For use with solid wood fuels only.  Install and use only in accordance with the manufacturer's installation and operating instructions.  Inspect and clean chimney frequently.  Under certain conditions of use, creosote buildup may occur rapidly.
Non-Compliance with operating instructions will void any and all warranties.

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