We live in the Westchester area of Los Angeles and have an old (1947)
brick fireplace, and, even though recently cleaned, it still smells.
Is their any "magic" to burning a clean fireplace, where the smoke goes
up the chimney and the heat into the house? I'm trying understand the
affect of other doors opening, etc. Also, even if damp (on the outside)
wood was added, would not any smoke generated go up and not in?
I once had another fireplace which was "deeper" and did not have this
problem. Should I light fires in the "back" of the firebox?