wood burning stoves

Old 12-25-00, 10:03 AM
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Can anyone tell me why we sometimes can't get our stove to burn without getting smoke in the house. It seems to get a reverse draft and instead of going up the chimney my house fills up with smoke. Is there anything we can do? We do not have a damper on the chimney only on the stove itself. Also does anyone know how to get rid of the smoke smell?
Old 12-25-00, 11:36 AM
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First thing, crack open a window in the room with the woodstove to equalize air pressure, and open your stove damper completely.
Many homes are too tight these days, and that creates downdrafts.
Another thing that can cause downdrafts is the top of the chimney being below any surrounding roofs (additions, adjoining buildings, etc.). If this is the case, you will have to install one of those swivel chimney caps that turn with the wind.
If I were you, I would do both.
As far as cleaning smoke smell, that is difficult. Post a ? over in the Cleaning forum, and they can probably help you.
Good Luck!

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