Since 20 years, i have a wood stove on the first floor connected to a
chimney that is outside an external wall. I noted since 3 ou 4 years there's
sometimes a smoke odor coming from the stove and/or from the chimney flue.
I installed this summer two roof vents when renewing roofing but nothing
goes better. My home is a two level house and chimney goes 36 inches over
How to fix it ? Thanks before i die of asphyxiation !!! (Joke)
René from Quebec state.
No joke. You need to immediately schedule a chimney sweep, and have an
experienced contractor inspect the chimney itself for leaks and damage.
I would also get a carbon monoxide alarm.
There should be no, repeat no, smoke inside your attic under any
circumstances. Roof vents exist to let the house 'breathe' but they are
not a backup for a leaky chimney, which should create the proper suction
through heat to vent all of its smoke.
Make sure the chimney is clean, but just cleaning it
probably won't help. Chimney down drafts are a common
problem. Which wall is the chimney on? Heat from the sun
on a south facing chimney may aggrevate the problem. Do you
keep the stove air shut tight when you don't have a fire?
So, what happened 3-4 years ago? trees grow higher and
change air flow?
Adding a cap might help, especially one of those that you
see on the coast and turn with the wind. Is there a clean
out at the base of the chimney, has it been cleaned out, is
If you can't figure out the problem, put a damper in the
stove pipe near the entry to the chimney would likely help,
keep it closed whenever you don't have a fire.
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