How to stop smoke coming back into the room
Could be a Blocked Chimney
Do you have smoke coming down the chimney instead of up?
Does it refuse to go up the chimney when you light the fire or does the room always smell smoky whilst the fire is lit?
This could be dangerous for your health so take a look at some causes and what you can do about it.
If the top of the chimney is open to the elements and does not have a cowl then there is the possibility that birds or squirrels have nested in the chimney.
A tell-tale sign of this would be twigs landing in the fireplace.
You should arrange for the chimney sweep to visit and remove the nest and consider having a bird guard fitted to the chimney pot.
This nest removed from an upstairs bedroom filled 7 bin bags and took over an hour to clean out. There was lots of kindling for future fires however!
If you have set a small fire you might find that your fireplace wants to burn at a faster rate. It was designed to keep you warm, not look pretty.
Because it doesn’t have enough fuel to burn well, it smoulders and the smoke lingers in the room. If the width of the chimney is dis-proportionate to the size of fire you are using the fire will not draw well. Wide fireplaces were built for big fires.
Check you have set the fire correctly if you are new to it.
Poor quality fuel
Some cheaper fuels burn inefficiently and are smoky as is unseasoned or ‘green’ wood.
Obviously burning anything other that solid fuels on your fire is a bad idea and can cause problems.
It also is one of the causes of air-pollution so is best avoided. Soot, tar and creosote can line your chimney flue slowly blocking it and decreasing the draw and pull of the chimney.
You should burn open fires and wood-burners hot and fast never low.
The previous occupants may have not wanted to use the fireplace or found that the draft it caused was a nuisance. Visually check the top of the chimney pot for a flat capping cowl and if present do not use and arrange for the chimney sweep to remove it.
If the previous occupants did not want to use the chimney or fireplace they may have blocked off the inside of the chimney from the bottom with a board or plate.
They may even have removed part of it to enlarge a room upstairs or to create a loft conversion.
Do not use. Get a quote to reinstate chimney.
If this is not the case then you are very likely to have problems with airflow and the chimney could go into reverse.
Arrange for the chimney to be built higher (as per building regulations) or a taller pot fitted.
New build houses or houses that have had newly installed double glazing may find that there is not enough additional air flow to fuel the fire.
It can’t burn without oxygen so if your rooms are air-tight the fire is going to struggle.
Windows and doors, extractor fans, bathroom vents and air conditioning units are examples of items that may affect the air flow in the chimney.
Switch off other appliances, close doors and windows to the connecting rooms if this is the case
Cold air doesn’t rise until it’s warmed up again.
Warm the chimney flue by burning paper to start with.
This price is for fitting into a fireplace that does not need any preparation work to make the fireplace big enough for the stove and is dependent on you having a chimney flue from the fireplace to the chimney pot at the top of the stack. It also assumes that your existing hearth is big enough to still meet building regulations once the log burner is fitted.
If you are not sure where your hearth is, take a look at our video to explain
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