Q&A Can't get coal fire hot - draft and chimney problems?

QandA Posted By QandA, Jun 22, 2004 at 2:20 PM

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  1. QandA

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    Nov 27, 2012

    I'm burning coal to heat my home and i keep having this problem with chiminey draft. I have a city lot so icannot burn wood, the smoke and smell would infiltrate other homes close to me.Anyway i do burn wood to lite off the coal and the draft is good 350 to 400 degrees or more from the stove pipe. then i add the coal and that beautifull blue flame arises and intrigues. I keep the ash pan door cracked until the stove reaches 350 degrees then i close the ash pan door not less than an hour later tempeture has dropped to 200 degrees or less and no matter what i do tempeture will not rise until i crack the ashpan door, and the situation repeats itself. any solutions? by the way i saw on the northern tool site about an inline draft inducer that attaches to the stove pipe and supposibly creates a draft. could you please investigate this product and send me your comments on it?


    You definitely have a draft problem. The possible solutions include:

    1. Making certain all your stove pipe joints are well sealed with furnace cement.
    2. Making certain that your chimney is not oversized - if so, you may want to line it with stainless steel.
    3. Inceasing height of chimney (see http://www.extendaflue.com)
    4. Install draft fan

    The draft fan that you mention will surely work. However, you should be familiar with the potential danger of a "puch" fan such as this. If your chimney becomes blocked, the fan will continue to force gases up the flue - which could cause leakage into the home. A CO detector would be one good investement. As you may know, coal gases can be odorless but are deadly.

    I have personally used draft fans and they did work to my satisfaction.

    Craig --

    Link: Extend-A-Flue chimney extensions
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