Attach the flue thermometer to the flue with the metal clamp. Place the clamp around the flue with the thermometer in the slot and twist the screw with your fingers to hold the clamp in place. This will allow you to see how hot the flue is and adjust the damper accordingly.
Pull on the damper cord, located next to the flue, all the way down to fully open the flue on your Atlanta Homesteader stove. Open the flue all the way when starting or relighting a fire.
Watch the flue thermometer. If the thermometer goes above 300 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, push the flue cord up about half way to close the damper partially in order to avoid wasting heat.