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Post in 'Questions and Answers' started by QandA, May 23, 2002.

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  1. QandA

    QandA New Member Staff Member

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    My husband and I recently bought a home with a Timberline woodstove. We decided to start a fire this evening and we had smoke coming out of the stove into the house. Now, I am not experienced with wood stoves (know how to use a fireplace) and I want to know how you can tell if the flue is open by using the damper. With my previous fireplace I knew when the flue was open but with this stove I cannot tell if the flue is open. I also read some articles about if the stove is cold to light some paper inside the stove to see if it will reverse. Can you help me?



    Answer:

    In lieu of not having an owner's guide, I would remove the pipe and review the stove through the exposed flue collar area. Move the damper handle back & forth and look into the stove to see if a corresponding movement is taking place. If the internal damper is indeed open yet the problem still persists, check out these two articles:

    http://www.hearth.com/what/start.html

    http://www.hearth.com/what/fallstartup.html

    Between these articles and a close inspection, you should be able to build a smoke free fire. If not, see a hearth professional or certified chimney sweep to inspect your flue which may be clogged with creosote or possibly a bird's nest.

    Link: Starting a Fire Article

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