Helpful tips about the house

How to use the fireplace

Never leave fire unattended!         NEVER use lighter fluid!!

  1. How to Light a fire:

    • Step 1: Place two medium sized pieces of firewood on the metal grate approximately 6 inches apart.

    • Step 2: Crumple sheets of newspaper (tinder) in between the two pieces of firewood and cover the tinder with kindling.

    • Step 3: Place one to two more pieces of firewood on top of the other logs. Make sure there is enough space for ventilation.

    • Step 4: Check that the fireplace damper (vent) is fully open.

    • Step 5: Start off by twisting a single sheet of newspaper and light it while holding it as high up as possible in the fireplace. Be careful not to burn yourself. This can help establish a good draft in the chimney as the heat rises.

    • Step 6: Slowly light the kindling with the burning paper.

    • Step 7: Once a fire is established, add firewood as needed and make sure to keep flames visible below the fireplace opening.

    • Keep the screen closed and the doors open while the fire is lit.

    Remember don't put too much firewood on the fire. It is also important to have a three-foot barrier between children and the fire at all times.  Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from the fireplace.

  2. Now, you'll need to remember to put out the fire before going to sleep or leaving your home.  Once the fire is out, use your wrought iron utensils to separate the logs to different sides of the fireplace and close the screen or glass doors tightly. Do not close the damper.

DO NOT THROW OUT HOT ASH. It sometimes can stay hot for 3 days after a fire. This could cause a fire.

To properly dispose of ashes or coals we recommend the following:

  • If possible, allow ashes and coals to cool in the area where you had the fire for several days. These devices are designed to contain their heat safely.

  • When it is time to dispose of the ashes, transfer them to a metal container and wet them down.

  • Keep the metal container outside your home and away from any combustibles until the refuse is hauled away.

  • DO NOT place any other combustibles in the metal container.

  • DO NOT use a combustible container.

How to work the heat

Adjust the heat in each room by using the baseboard thermostats located in each bedroom, bathroom and living room. The arrows up and down will change the desired temperature. Some of baseboard heaters get HOT. Please use caution to not allow any furniture, DOGS, garbage bags, shoes, etc. to touch the heaters. They will burn. We have learned this by experience and the hard way.

The split A/C / Heat thermostat (smaller one) in the living room should not be used for heat while the baseboard heaters are being used. They work against each other. The primary use for this is for AC in the summer. IF you want to use it, please use this just to take the chill out if needed. It works quickly, but in extreme cold temps, will frost up outside. Be patient, it will go into DF (defrost mode) and kick back on when it defrosts itself. Its normal.

This thermostat has two buttons on the right side.


Top is the mode - you can designate what you are controlling.

*** OFF


C Cool

H Heat

A Auto

F Fan


bottom is the fan speed:












If you have any questions on how to use the thermostats or if you want to switch from AC to Heat or Heat to AC, please message me.  I can help walk you through or change them remotely.  

Some tips:

Keep the Living room Fan on- it will help cool and/or warm the room depending on what you want.  We switch the rotation based on the season. If you want to cool the bedrooms, we suggest using the fans in each bedroom and loft.

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We hope you enjoy your stay!

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