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    Wood Stove/ Fireplace smokes

    I have on old circa 1970 wood burning stove/ fireplace. These units are excellent at heating my whole whole upstairs. My problem is occasionally smoke emits from the front and I am constantly messing with fire to get it in perfect position so it wont smoke. That being said sometimes it doesnt smoke at all. My damper is wide open & there is no obstruction to the pipe. A friend suggested that the pipe going out the roof may not me long enough and putting another one on may help. Also I cant use the damper at all, it has to wide open or it will smoke. Please take a look at pics. Any advise you can give will help, Thanks.
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    Could be alot of things causing this. Chimney length, chimney position, Wind, negetive pressure. Best get a pro out to check things out. Post pictures of outside.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dan4545 View Post
    I have on old circa 1970 wood burning stove/ fireplace. These units are excellent at heating my whole whole upstairs. My problem is occasionally smoke emits from the front and I am constantly messing with fire to get it in perfect position so it wont smoke. That being said sometimes it doesnt smoke at all. My damper is wide open & there is no obstruction to the pipe. A friend suggested that the pipe going out the roof may not me long enough and putting another one on may help. Also I cant use the damper at all, it has to wide open or it will smoke. Please take a look at pics. Any advise you can give will help, Thanks.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/17641577@N00/6454814501/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/17641577@N00/6454816169/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/17641577@N00/6454812649/
    When smoke is a problem, try cracking windows on the different sides of the house. Also check wind direction and velocity. Cracking up wind windows gets more fresh air. A 100 cfm fresh make-up air fan operating when there is fire in the burner is needed in many homes.
    A smoldering fire leaking into the home is life threatening condition. It happens to often.
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    Cool

    grate looks grossly oversized and I doubt it is the original. If you cannot identify this unit, it should be removed and disposed of as it should be listed. If you can identify it and they are still in business, get the correct grate. Oversized fire can't vent out that chimney on a good day.

    Where there's smoke, there's CO. If you feel the heat upstairs, the CO will ride the stack effect and convect up there. If you cannot stop this thing from spilling smoke and CO, get rid of it.

    Search this forum for older posts on curing smoking fireplaces.

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