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liner insulation burning??

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by mattjm1017, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. mattjm1017

    mattjm1017 Feeling the Heat

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    Ok I just did a reload and got up to step down the air and I noticed a strange smell. I got a flashlight and looked inside the fireplace and saw whisps of white smoke only with the flashlight. I got the wifes hand mirror and looked up the chimney and saw more "smoke" and also some pieces of slightly charred insulation on the smoke shelf and fireplace floor. I ran outside and looked up at the chimney no smoke no flames nothing. I go back inside and look up again now theres no smoke everything looks fine and normal. What could be happening is it possible that the liner is just heating up and steaming a little? Could there be a fire up in the chimney where I cant see it? I've noticed something like this before but dismissed it because I had just had the stove door open.

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  2. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Sounds like some old creosote flaked off and took some insulation with it on the way down. You never get it all out of a chimney. Especially in the tile joints. That block off plate you should have in there would have caught it.
  3. mattjm1017

    mattjm1017 Feeling the Heat

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    I haven't got a block off plate in yet I was planning on doing that this summer. I saw the smoke and got worried.
  4. chimneylinerjames

    chimneylinerjames Feeling the Heat

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    Maybe the glue from the back of the tape was smoking a little??
  5. mattjm1017

    mattjm1017 Feeling the Heat

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    James thats a good thought there was a funny smell around too.

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