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Fireplace question....

this may be stupid to some but we this is our first experience with a fireplace. we used it once and it did fine. today cold air in blowing down the chimney and putting out the fire. what are we doing wrong???

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Asked by Anonymous at 11:54 AM on Dec. 6, 2009 in Home & Garden

Answers (2)
  • get the air in the fireplace really hot and furious to heat up the air in the flue (chimney)

    I stack the wood in, and then have a lot of paper on top so that when that burns it gets the smoke hot real fast and goes up, then the other will have a chance to start burning.


    Answer by hypermamaz at 12:47 PM on Dec. 6, 2009

  • it's simple really.
    air/smoke will follow the path of least resistance. keep that in mind every time you have a fire.
    if the air pressure in your house is less than what is outside, the chimney will act as a vaccuum and suck air in. filling your house with smoke.
    if the pressure outside is less, the smoke will go easily up the flue.
    the trick is to get the air/smoke flowing in the direction you want. up and out. heat naturally rises.
    so, open a window or two near that room just a crack and let the pressure equalize, then start your fire. the smoke should go straight up and out. if it doesn't you may need a chimney sweep. if it's a new brand new fireplace you may have to have someone look into the stack.

    Answer by jewjewbee at 8:37 AM on Dec. 7, 2009

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