Return to the Fireplaces Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Side Wall Venting Help

Posted by fleshandcolor (My Page) on
Mon, Oct 18, 10 at 14:37

We have a basement with a open face fireplace. It has a vent pipe out the top, takes a 90 out the wall of the basement about 18 inches from the ceiling and almost 2 feet off ground outside. The previous owners had this set up.

I lit a fire the other day and a great deal of smoke back drafted into the basement.

How do I stop this?

Someone suggested a fan in the pipe to make it suck the smoke up better.

Please help.

Quick sketch of the set up.

Here is a link that might be useful: Fireplace Sketch

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Side Wall Venting Help

Sorry to deliver bad news, but... The setup as shown in your sketch and description will never work properly. Much more importantly, it is unsafe and doubtless in violation of any fire/building codes in your area. It's bad enough so that your insurance is also in question.

Under the best of circumstances it's hard to get basement wood burning stoves or fireplaces to draw well. It's impossible with this setup.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Fireplaces Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here