Duraflame nasty smoke!!!
Just got my chimney inspected and cleaned a few weeks ago and it's supposedly working perfectly. After many days of "spare the air" no burn days (I am in the Bay Area) I was finally able to use the fireplace last night. To be more eco friendly decided to use the Duraflame crackling logs.
I followed all the instructions and lighting it was a breeze. Didn't produce much heat but it was nice overall. There was a bit of a weird smell, probably from something they put on it. But it was ok. The real problem came when the flame died after about 2 hours. It became a smoke machine. So much smoke that the chimney couldn't draft 100% of it. Probably about 5% went to my living room and left it with burnt smell. When the flame was lit the chimney was handling it well.
I did some research and it seems that other people have had similar problem with duraflame. I don't feel like trying another one as probably the same thing will happen. I want to burn cleaner, but if it means my house will get smoked and we will be inhaling the smoke, then it doesn't make sense.