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  1. M

    What is the best accelerant to make the starting phase not smoky?

    The beginning phase of wood burning releases the most smoke, because volatile matter released during this phase is relatively noncombustible (a large part being steam). Is there any accelerant additive to reduce the initial stage smoke? I have heard of a practice in Mexico in motor oil...
  2. M

    Leaf pellet successfully combusted without smoke in pellet stove

    Leaves and needles are abundant forestry products, harvested by raking the forest floor or as an urban yard waste. Harvesting leaves and needles is a forestry job more friendly to women than cutting trees, it could improve diversity of labor force. Burning leaves is infamous, because directly...
  3. S

    Smoke comes out when opening fireplace door

    We have a 2 door BIS 1.2 ZC fireplace. When adding firewood, I usually only open one door. However, if I also open the second door (part way) a lot of smoke (and some ash) escapes into the room. What is causing this to happen? I ask because we are thinking of replacing our unit with a new single...
  4. A

    VC Dauntless, problems with smoke

    Hello! New to this forum. We installed a new Vermont Castings Dauntless in November. We have been having an issue with smoke coming into our house when we are loading the stove and cannot figure it out. Any insight would be helpful! We had it professionally installed and the dealer has been to...
  5. ncherro

    Smoky fireplace

    I recently purchased a home in upstate NY built around 1975 that has a large masonry fireplace. I had the chimney inspected shortly after closing - the inspector swept the chimney and confirmed that everything looked good. Since then, I've had about 5 fires with kiln-dried hardwood and each...
  6. C

    Coal Stove Into Wood Stove Help

    Hey everyone. Newbie here. I set up an old coal burning stove in my woodshop last weekend. I framed all the walls w metalstud, did everything up to code, got the right chimney pipe and set up. However, the firplace smoked like crazy, like i literally had to put the fire out. The first burn went...
  7. M

    Harman Accentra Insert filling with smoke

    Hi all, The short version: the inside of my stove is filled with smoke. It failed to light, and apparently failed to exhaust any smoke. I have five blinks on the control board, indicating that it tried to light, but timed out. Combustion blower? The light on the control panel indicates that it...
  8. A

    Europa 75 filling with smoke

    Hello, I recently moved into a home with a Europa 75. It was a foreclosure so it Hadn’t been used for a couple years. I’m using wood pellets in it, and I’ve made sure that their dry. The first time I ran it it was earlier in fall and I just wanted to see if it worked properly after I cleaned it...
  9. H

    Help! We have this stove but we dont know how to use it!!

    My girlfriend has this stove in her sun room, but we are unsure if it is safe to use. I will attach photos maybe someone can shed some light on this thing. someone spent a lot of money to have it installed but i am not convinced the people who installed it knew what they were doing. It...
  10. T

    New home owner wood insert questions

    Hi Everyone, New user here, new home owner and a bit nervous. I am sorry if this has been explained, I just couldn't find answers that lined up with my wood insert and how it was installed/functioning. My wife and I just purchased a house and were excited to try the wood insert that came...
  11. G

    House got smoked out... Hoping for some answers

    Hi all. Any thoughts on this matter are appreciated, to start with. I have a wood burning insert in my basement. Timberwolf make, professionally installed about 3 months ago. We've been using it consistently since we've had it. It's not large enough to heat the whole house, so we don't run...
  12. M

    Breckwell p2700 Door Glass Leaking

    I purchased the Breckwell p2700. It's been good so far. I've only been running it for a few weeks. But today, I turned it on after being off for a few hours. I noticed smoke. So, I turned it off and suddenly I see smoke start pouring out of the front door! After getting the fire out and...
  13. K

    Smoke Up One Flue and Down The Other -- Help!

    Hi, First time poster, and also first-time homeowner (...if I had only known!) Anyways -- I have a dual-flue chimney that supports an upstairs fireplace, as well as a basement wood stove. Facing the chimney indoors, the upstairs fireplace is the right flue, and the basement stove is the...
  14. N

    Jotul 8 Help, please!

    My landlord installed a Jotul 8 (upgraded from a 600) The chimney configuration is the same. Tested a couple of fires but having trouble with the smoke not going up the chimney even with the glass door open. Wood is not wet or green. From what I read, the draft is full open when slid to the...
  15. C

    Harman P43 Squeak and Combustion Blower Shutoff

    Hello everyone. I'm new to posting but have used this site in the past to troubleshoot. I have two issues going on with my stove that may or may not be related. 1. My Harman P43 has been squeaking like crazy for months. For a while I could get it to stop by turning the temp all the way up for a...
  16. C

    smoke and smell from Jotul Kennebec c450

    Hey folks. We moved into a house with a Jotul Kennebec c450 insert. It looks great and I feel like we should love it but I just haven't been able to figure out how to use it without smoking out the house and my wife is ready to rip it out and replace it with gas logs. My 2 year old woke up with...
  17. G

    Traditional Fireplace Issues

    I have been combating a problem in my condo for about 1.5 years now. The companies hired to inspect/clean the chimneys tell me there's nothing wrong there & I have tried a variety of DIY cleaning solutions of my actual fireplace to no avail. Basically I have a traditional fireplace in my condo...
  18. A

    Ravelli Roma releasing smoke at start up

    I have a Ravelli Roma pellet stove which is 1 year old. Last year I didn't have any problems but this year every time it goes to start up it fills with smoke and the combustion is so strong it shakes the stove and releases smoke into the room. Sometimes the combustion causes the baffle to fall...
  19. T

    Please help troubleshoot my stove, dome home issues

    So we live in a giant concrete dome in windy West Texas. 50' across by 25' high . Problem is it's not insulated. So until we can come up with $20k to get it insulated, we're trying to make it liveable . 6 tons of heat and AC means huge electric bills and still 90 degrees upstairs in summer...
  20. Jotel me this

    Smoke from chimney WITH hot fire??

    Im trying my best to follow all the guidance from hearth.com yet am having a difficult time getting my stove to work properly. My Jotl F55 is currently running @ 650 degree F on top of the stove. Fire is burning nice and hot with nice flames. But outside... smoke!? i thought youre not supposed...
  21. T

    VC Vigilant Advice

    Hi all, I'm new here. I've recently acquired a fully rebuilt Vigilant from my neighbor, and I've been trying to learn how to use it, but I'm having a bit of a hard time. I've found all these older threads: https://www.hearth.com/talk/threads/vermont-castings-1977-vigilant-noob.24359/...
  22. Karottop

    Down Draft from Second Chimney Flue

    Hey Everyone, I'm new to wood burning and just got finished with a renovation that included two wood burning inserts on the top and bottom floors of the house. I lit the basement wood stove yesterday and everything went very well except we had a bunch of smoke pouring into the upstairs. I...
  23. S

    Fireplace Insert Blower Blowing Smoke

    I am new to wood burning heat this winter. I had a Fireplace Xtrordinair (Travis) Large Flush mounted wood burning fireplace insert installed in September. I've had a few issues with it over the winter, first being that the catalytic combuster fell out into the firebox in the middle of a...
  24. E

    Tips for First Inaugural burn in Insert

    Howdy Folks, I have my Century CW2900 being delivered today (finally!). The chimney guys are going to show up either today or tomorrow to hook it up to the existing SS liner in my chimney. In short, does anyone have any great tips for the first burn?? I have heard this is a gnarly...
  25. F

    Overcoming Bad Chimney Designs

    I have a fireplace that violates most of the rules discussed in this article: http://www.woodheat.org/best-practices.html The firebox is a manufactured metal box about 18" deep and 42" wide with a triple lined straight flue pipe inside an uninsulated framed enclosure which is on the outside of...
  26. J

    Questions on Kuma Sequoia Insert

    Hi, My Kuma Sequoia insert was installed a few days ago and I am having a few issues and was hoping someone could help. First off, we have been filling the insert with avocado wood almost 3 times a day!! I was under the impression that this stove has a 10 hour burn time, so not sure if this is...
  27. profdlp

    Jamestown J2000 Smokes Out After 5-10 Minutes

    Here is my stove: http://jamestownpelletstoves.com/product-category/product/j2000-stoves/ As the title says, it lights, runs fine for a few minutes, then smokes out completely. I have followed Jamestown's long video for stove cleaning to the letter. This stove came with my house which I...
  28. H

    Wood Burning Stove Questions - Newbie

    First, thank you, in advance, for reading this post. I've read this site over the past two years and finally joined. Have a wood stove, which is running efficiently. Many tips on these forums have helped me succeed in optimal operation. Actually, would have likely burned the house down without...
  29. T

    Oily residue and harsh smoke smell

    Good evening, Just joined, trying to figure out what happened to my stove... This morning, I ran my stove for about 30 minutes just to get the chill out of the house. Turned it off, left for work. Wife called about an hour later telling me there was a tons of smoke in the burn chamber. She...
  30. VirginiaIron

    Why does my clean burning stove burn dirty

    I believe this is some helpful information for some of us who may have difficulty learning how to use a clean burning stove properly. This information has helped us. There was a learning curve with our new stove. We are getting consistent clean burns. I think a clean burning stove is only as...