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What causes billowy white smoke?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by mfglickman, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. mfglickman

    mfglickman Minister of Fire

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    My next door neighbor who lives downhill from us has a SS pipe up the side of his house and he pretty much always has billowy white smoke coming out of it.

    When I start up or reload, you can see smoke, but once my stove is cruising it is clear (like heat waves).

    Does this mean he's not burning clean or efficiently, or is it simply indicative of a different kind of stove?

    I'm just curious and have no intention of causing him any trouble. ;)

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  2. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    The wood, the stove or the operator. Or a combination. But something isn't being done right and no he isn't burning efficiently. Look up at those heat waves from your chimney and smile.
  3. tjnamtiw

    tjnamtiw Minister of Fire

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    A blown head gasket! Sorry, couldn't resist! :p
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  4. Highbeam

    Highbeam Minister of Fire

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    It's water. Wet and/or green wood mixed with low firebox temperatures either by choice or because that's all the hotter he can get that junk to burn.
  5. corey21

    corey21 Minister of Fire

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    Yep wet wood or the stove or both.
  6. jdp1152

    jdp1152 Minister of Fire

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    Clearly he is constantly selecting a new Pope
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  7. NortheastAl

    NortheastAl Minister of Fire

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    You racked me up. Line of the week, for sure.
  8. CT Pellet

    CT Pellet Minister of Fire

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    He could possibly have one of these fancy new "downdraft" stoves with an afterburner. I learned the hard way, that if you do not establish a good bed of coals first, the afterburner will never "burn", thus causing a white puffy smoke all day long. as a longtime pellet burner, woodstoves were brand new to me....hey, we all have to learn!
  9. James02

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    ;lol
  10. Fod01

    Fod01 Feeling the Heat

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    WINNER!

    Gabe
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    LMAO. After he's exhausted all other priests, he'll come to Father Guido Sarducci...then the smoke will turn black.
  12. rideau

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    The day it was 15 below F I had puffy white smoke that totally disapated with 10 feet of the chimney for the first 30 minutes or so of the burn...for a good 10 minutes after the cat engaged...then it went away. Called Woodstock during those ten minutes, because I had never seen any "smoke" before...told water vapor, don't worry...it stopped almost immediately. Just really cold and dry out.
  13. mfglickman

    mfglickman Minister of Fire

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    Thanks all! :)
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    Pope thing cracked me up. Good one.

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