Q&A House smells from Fireplace Insert

QandA Posted By QandA, Aug 8, 2004 at 2:20 PM

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    Details: Vermont Castings WinterWarm insert- old flue is removed- flue plate installed with flex connector- but air is apparently getting past the plate as well as into the insert via the catalytic combustion chamber and out the thermo-controlled air intake into the living area and causing small draft as well as BAD soot smell (esp. when it rains or is foggy outside).



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    Ah! Yes- a downdraft or reversing chimney. You are- of course- smelling the inside of your chimney. It is impossible to tighten up things enough so that no air flows thru.

    <p>Fireplace has only been used for two seasons- though I plan to get it chimney swept.
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    Still- I can't imagine that that will fix the smell problem in its entirety.The solution is actually fairly easy..and it works. There is a product called Fireplace Deodorant which completely does away with the smell. It's made by Rutland and available at most hearth Shops.

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    Cleaning the chimney, sealing the plate to the masonry with silicone, and covering the top of the chimney in the off-season may also help

    Link: Vermont Castings
     
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