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chimney smoke problems

Posted by Vicki P on January 11th, 2000 10:01 PM

My husband and I bought a lovely home last year that has a chimney that services
two separate fireplaces. The upstairs (main level) fireplace has gas logs. The
basement (recreation room) has a fireplace in which we had hopes of using wood.
The chimney is routed where the main level draws straight up and this is no problem. The lower level is routed around the main level. We have checked for
obstruction, but it is as clean as a whistle. However, when we start a fire, we
get a lot of smoke in the house. The damper is open and we can not understand
why it won't draw properly, even routed this way. Do you have any suggestions.
The house is actually three levels, basement level, main level and second floor.
The house has a nice stone chimney which goes to the top of the house, on the
south side. The house is a modified cape cod type, without dormers, built in the
1950's. Is there a fan or anything we could use to route the smoke out. Previous
homeowner states he had the same problem, never could get it to draw right.

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