Smokey Joe'd us out of the house

tulipsFebruary 12, 2008

We have 2 woodburning fireplaces in our house. The downstairs works fine with a fireplace insert but the upstairs fireplace SMOKES US OUT like there's no tomorrow. The upstairs just has a chimney, damper & grate. The chimneys have been checked and are clean. What's the deal with this? Is the flue too short? The previous owners made no mention of this problem so we are at a loss as to what to do. Thanks!

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You're getting a negative draft. It could be that the height of the chimney is too short, there are trees nearby, or the distance from the roof pitch is too short requiring the height of the chimney to be raised.
What happens when you open a window a bit and light the FP?

    Bookmark   February 13, 2008 at 7:12AM
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Thank you for your response, Christopherh. I don't think we've tried opening a window. I'll ask my husband to do that. I'm a bit nervous to light it again because the last time we tried, the smoke smell took several days to leave. Ew.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2008 at 10:49AM
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Here's a link to a pretty good article that may solve your problem. Hope it helps.

Here is a link that might be useful: ARTICLES - Wood - How to Start a Wood Fire

    Bookmark   February 14, 2008 at 4:27AM
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What type of chimney is it, how many stories, is there an ash dump(hole in fireplace floor where ashes go)? The chimney needs to be able to warm up as that is really the engine that makes your fireplace work. I suspect it's not getting warm enough for some reason.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2008 at 5:20PM
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