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Wood stove dumping smoke into the house when starting a fire?

It's just when we are first starting a fire, all the flues are open and we cleaned the chimney pipe and took the wood stove out and cleaned it all out. The smoke isn't going up properly and I don't know why? Once the fire is burning it goes up.

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Asked by staciandababy at 2:27 PM on Nov. 13, 2012 in Home & Garden

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  • Pipes need to go up pretty high on outside too I think.

    Answer by Sarah961 at 8:55 PM on Nov. 13, 2012

  • Is the wood damp?

    Answer by booklover545 at 9:56 PM on Nov. 13, 2012

  • Is the damper open?

    Answer by Sisteract at 1:03 AM on Nov. 14, 2012

  • It has rained it is possible the wood could be damp?

    All dampers flues and vents are set to open!

    Comment by staciandababy (original poster) at 4:37 AM on Nov. 14, 2012

  • Try starting the fire with less wood and adding more once it's going.

    Answer by winterglow at 8:22 AM on Nov. 14, 2012

  • You could also try not letting the stove get too cold - the colder they are the smokier they are to start. That's why the first fire of the season is often very smoky.

    Answer by winterglow at 8:24 AM on Nov. 14, 2012

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