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Woodburner running us out....................
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Jack    Posted 12-14-2003 at 08:25:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I heat a large house with wood.My stove is homemade and is pretty airtight.Every now and then it puffs smoke back into the house.I have noticed that it will happen when the pressure outside changes.I know this old house isn't very airtight.Can I put a blower on it to make it draw all the time or a least when to condition are wrong?Most of the time,it burn great.Wind and the direction of it does not bother it.just when a front is moving in...I know it has something to do with the pressure changes outside.Can anyone offer a good cure for this? Thanks

screaminghollow    Posted 12-15-2003 at 12:22:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
The Mrs. really likes having the woodstove in the corner of the kitchen addition. The problem is that the chimney is about twenty feet high and the roof of main house is thirty feet high. When the wind gusts from the SW and blows in a line from the chimney toward the house roof, the smoke will come billowing out the wood stove. It also seemed worse before I weatherstripped the doors on the NE side of the house. as if the wind was sucking the air out of the back of the house and down through the chimney. I've heard all kinds of reasons for this problem, chimney not hot enough, not tall enough, too wide, too narrow, etc. We've decided to get one of those outdoor boilers, but I'll bet she'll want to keep the woodstove in the corner of the kitchen. Something about the heat and firelight.

marlowe    Posted 12-14-2003 at 16:27:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
my BIG shop stove did this and it had a 6 in. stove pipe went to 8 in and no more puffing

deadcarp    Posted 12-14-2003 at 16:18:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
2 things generally make chimneys smoke - either they're too short or too cold. that's why they recommend that the top be 3 feet above any roof within 12 feet. (and you can temporarily extend it with plain stovepipe if need be) you'll find it smoking more and drawing worse when you first start it and especially in warmer weather - in that case, burning a goodly handful of crumpled paper will warm it up quick, (or start the fire with a weed-burner poked into the draft like i often do) then damp the fire once it gets going. heat will rise so the hotter it is, the quicker that chimney will act right.

like any flue or vent, you could be getting some kinda downdraft from the prevailing wind, shape of your paricular roof and the location of the chimney. that can get serious but chances are against that. :)

Sid    Posted 12-14-2003 at 14:26:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds to me like you flue is not tall enough.

Lazy Al    Posted 12-14-2003 at 15:11:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
or getting plugged up , I would check it out .
I burn a hot fire and keep the chimney hot .
Don't like cold chimneys .

Nick    Posted 12-14-2003 at 14:09:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
try and crack open a near by window to help the draft flow

Jack    Posted 12-14-2003 at 15:12:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
If I open window it gets worse.When it does it the smoke is coming in as fast as it usually go out.

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