Okay, so here's the situation. If the chimney is cold and there are not many ambers left in the coals do I want to move the coals to the back of the firebox and start a new fire? I know normally you rake the coals forward to restart the fire, but when I went to do it they actually kicked out a good amount of smoke. The Carbon Monoxide alarm went off early this morning. This has happened twice. I haven't fully filled the box for a full overnight, so when I come down to check things out, I go to restart the fire and get smoked out. Do I push coals back and pre-prime flue? Do I put some paper balled up behind coal pile? When Carbon Monoxide detector goes off do I just want to totally close down damper and air vent? I'm taking it that when it's cold, the draft from the cold chimney is carrying the CO2 via: the improper combusting coals into the space. My girlfriend is a very light sleeper and has to commute each morning and she is at the end of her rope with being startled awake. Then when she is startled awake she rants and raves (brings me to the end of my rope) while I'm trying to get the fire going again to burn off everything. Listening to her while dealing with the plumes of smoke is a recipe for some Jekyll Hyde action. lol I'm rambling at this point but would love some words of wisdom. By the way, there is plenty of draft and the chimney height is ample. The chimney is triple lined but does still get cold creating the cold down draft.