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  1. hatesgas

    hatesgas Member

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    Hi,

    I was given a free Russo #1 CW stove. Put it on my hearth to my existing fireplace with a new liner etc. Here is my problem. When I first light the fire, the smoke backs up into the room. Why? It only does this when I start the initial fire. Am I doing something wrong or just a victim of a downdraft? Thanks all!

    Mark

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  2. NE WOOD BURNER

    NE WOOD BURNER Minister of Fire

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    cold chimney. try lighting a piece of paper and see if it goes up the chimney. I see a new product advertised on this forum for that purpose "draw collar". never tried it but looks like the theory should work.
  3. dougand3

    dougand3 Minister of Fire

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    If paper isn't hot enough - try a propane or MAPP gas torch aimed into flue exit for ~ 1 minute and then light fire with torch.

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