Safety concern

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Jun 30, 2023
Asheville, North Carolina
We just moved our son to our finished basement. He is sleeping in a separate room than the room down there with our wood burning stove. It has been months since we have had a fire, and when he wakes up in the morning his hair smells strongly of smoke. Is this a health concern? Our laundry is down there as well. Despite it having been months since our last fire, if we hang it up to dry in the basement, all the clothes smell like smoke. Again, worried about whether or not this is a health concern for my kids. Thank you so much for your insight.
This sounds like the stack effect is causing reverse draft in the flue. It might be good to disconnect the stove and plug the thimble for the summer.