smoke in the house

Old 03-27-02, 11:05 AM
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smoke in the house

My fireplace is located on the first floor and there is only one window which doesn't open. I have smoke throughout the house whenever I use my fireplace. any suggestions would be highly appreciated.
Old 03-28-02, 05:09 AM
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Modern homes are usually too airtight for any outside airflow to allow a fireplace to draw properly.
The easiest solution is to get that window in the fireplace room to open, so that you can crack it slightly to balance the air pressure so that the fireplace will draw the smoke up and out of the chimney.
In lieu of that, you can crack the nearest outside door or window, at least until the chimney heats up and begins to draw well.
Good Luck!
Old 03-28-02, 08:21 AM
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You may want to also be sure your damper door is open and there is nothing obstructing the airflow in the smoke chamber.Chimney height also plays a role in the amount of draw-be sure your final chimney height is up to code and even beyond in cases like this.Good luck
Old 03-28-02, 09:35 AM
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Thanks for for fast response and insight.
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Improving the chimney draw

In addition to providing an air source so the chimney can draw, you might find the tips at helpful. I once lived in a house that had a fireplace in a flat-roofed familyroom addition. Heating the flue prior to starting the fire was helpful, as was cracking the only window about 4", but I ended up having to extend the chimney. The general rule is that a chimney be 2 feet higher than the house. My chimney was below the main part of the house, which blocked the wind.
Old 04-01-02, 08:38 AM
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Thanks for the url page and info.

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