Q&A Fireplace Flue Smoking

QandA Posted By QandA, Jan 5, 2005 at 2:20 PM

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    My problem is smoke coming back out of the fireplace into my living room. The chimney has been cleaned and the flue is open as far as it will go, but every time I build a fire, some smoke comes out into the house. When I look up into the flue, it simply appears as though the flue is not opening wide enough and the smoke is actually reflecting off the damper. I cannot open the flue any further because the handle hits the edge of the fireplace. Is there a way to adjust the flue? There are several screws where the handle connects to the flue but I can't figure out if it is adjustable. Can I simply buy a different flue? HELP!



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    Make certain that you warm the flue well, as described in the articles about starting a fire on our information pages.<p>You may be right, the damper handle may need to be replaced with a longer one that allows it to open further. Some stove shops should carry this damper...or try the parts people at our parts link below.

    Link: The Parts Place
     
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