Wish we had known about this grate 35 yrs ago
We have always had a problem with fireplace wood burning insert, Black Bart for 35 years. It will smoke into the room if you take too many ashes out, or if the air is still outside, or just because it wanted to. We were constantly having to poke the fire to keep it burning hot enough to not smoke into the room. I bought this 22 inch grate and removed the old fire logs and find this grate to be AMAZING. You light your fire and get some good embers going, place in 3 pieces of wood, leave the drafts open 5 min, then close down the drafts. No more poking your wood EVER until it's time to add 3 more pieces of wood. NEVER add just one piece, I read that on the internet somewhere and its true. When you add, add 3. Just don't wait until your embers die down too low. If they do it can possibly smoke some. You have to cut your fan down at that point and open the draft until the wood burns hot with a flame if embers are about gone. Removing ashes is easy, just tilt the grate up with one hand and scoop out with the other. I keep an old pot holder handy for that and for the door when its hot. There is a picture of my Black Bart insert you may find under questions and answers section.
- Love it, love it, wish we'd had this grate years ago!