Downdraft problem

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Old 04-26-00, 06:34 PM
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I just purchased a condo that has two fireplaces, one in the Living Room and one in the master bedroom. While the one in the Master Bedroom works great, the one in the Living Room seems to have a problem with an initial downdrafting of cold air. When the fire is set, smoke will puff out into the room unless the doors are closed. However, once the fire gets going, it seems to reverse itself and the draft heads upwards. This doesn't solve the problem, though, because the draft then seems too strong and pulls up on the flames allowing little heat to emanate out into the room. In addition, the initial downdraft makes it difficult to light a natural wood fire. Only a fire made with a durflame-type logs can be created. I'd appreciate any input or advice. And by the way, the chimney was swept in November and the Living Room fireplace has only been used a handfull of times.
 
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Old 05-06-00, 05:43 PM
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Your question may be answered here http://www.chimneys.com/burnsec/chapter4.html
 
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Old 05-30-00, 06:34 PM
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Question is also answered in the articles and QA at http://hearth.com/what/specific.html
 
 

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