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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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staciandababy

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

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  • 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.
    winterglow

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

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

    Answer by winterglow at 8:22 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!
    staciandababy

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

  • Is the damper open?
    Sisteract

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

  • Is the wood damp?
    booklover545

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

  • Pipes need to go up pretty high on outside too I think.
    Sarah961

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

  • :) Thanks for the tips. The bottom vent should be open- doesn't seem to make a difference which way we turn it (hi or lo) it still doesn't do much. We've been burning for about a month now. So light paper and hold it inside the wood stove at the top where the pipe is?
    staciandababy

    Comment by staciandababy (original poster) at 6:51 PM on Nov. 13, 2012

  • You need to create an updraft... as Nannie B said open the bottom vent or roll up some paper, light it and hold it at the base of the pipe for a moment, then light the fire.

    Crafty26

    Answer by Crafty26 at 5:04 PM on Nov. 13, 2012

  • we have a chimney heater and when we dont use it the chimney will dump smoke into the house untill it warms up. Ours is a large double sided stone fireplace so it can take toolong to heat up
    mtnaspen

    Answer by mtnaspen at 4:50 PM on Nov. 13, 2012

  • Does the stove have a vent at the bottom? It sounds like it may be closed--it should be wide open when you start the fire.
    NannyB.

    Answer by NannyB. at 4:21 PM on Nov. 13, 2012

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