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Q&A Wood burning stove and smoke in the house

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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    Question:

    We have had 2 wood burning stoves and everyday the house fills with smoke. It does it slowly and it seems it does it when the fire is low. Can you help with advice on the problem.



    Answer:

    Tough question because there's no set answer-----there are many many variables that would need to be answered in order to fully resolve the problem. But, let me at least get you started.

    Based on your email, it would seem that the flue is cooling rapidly when the fire is low and this will affect the "draft"-----the flue's ability to suck the smoke out of the house. You should have a professional check your chimneys, and the system's draft to see if there's anything that can be done to improve draft. Sometimes, increasing the flue height or in the case of an outside chimney placing a chase around it to keep it warm are things that can help.

    When a flue cools as the fire dies down, cool air will actually descend down the chimney and not allow gases to escape. Also, warmer weather as most of the country has been experiencing can affect performance. Please review these articles to see what I mean:

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

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

    Please feel free to get back to us, or perhaps you may wish to contact a hearth professional for on-site advice.


    Link: Startup Article

    Link: Chimney Article

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