We have a house built in 1925, and it has a small wood-burning
fireplace. Shortly after we moved in I had a metal liner installed in
the water heater/furnace flue. The fireplace flue was not treated. We
had some wood fires, and had a problem with smoke rolling out the front
of the firebox into the living room. After some research I purchased a
smoke guard from http://chimneykeepers.com/ It worked pretty well by
reducing the size of the opening, and we had a handful of fires again.
However, after a while we noticed a smoky smell in the upstairs bedroom
(just above the fireplace). We have had about 6-8 contractors look at
this and almost all of them have suggested less-than-ideal solutions:
A wood stove, a gas fireplace, a metal liner (which I think would
reduce our already small flue too much.) Our flue is 8X8 with a 36W X
30H firebox opening. Someone suggested a product called Chamber Tech
from a company named AHRENS, but they don't have a dealer in my area.
And besides I think that product is just made for the bottom of the
chimney, not the whole flue. Does anyone have any thoughts,
experience, suggestions for me? Thanks in advance!
Sounds like you may have a leak of some sort. That means the chimney must
be re-lined somehow or a metal chimney in place. There are no cheap and
easy solutions that I'm aware of. There is a way of putting a bladder down
the slue and pouring a new liner around it, there are ways of putting
stainless steel liners in the existing opening.
Do you want the fire for ambiance or are you looking for heat? That will
determine the best overall solution. Wood burning stoves, fireplace
inserts, all have a place and requirements for proper venting will vary.
Once you have a priority, better decisions can be made.
Mike : Doug Tuttle here.(pipefitter6735) I have cleaned chimneys for
years. Not being able to see what type of Location your house is in or
the area around the home. Look at this. 1. do You have any large trees
around your house ? This can cause a down draft Espacially on days that
the air is heavy. 2 Is your home set in a draw or valley Inother words
is the ground around your home higher than your Chimney , or close to
the same elvation.3. Is your top of chimney at least 3 foot above
anything within a 10 foot distance of the chimeny top. ONE more THING
IF YOU INFACT SMELLED SMOKE IN the other rooms. Have a Chimney Sweep
set off a smoke bomb in the fire place . Cover the opening of the fire
place with a wet blanket, so that it is sealed. Also if possible cover
the TOP OF THE CHIMNEY. This will confine the smoke to the inside of
the chimney. IF YOU THEN SEE OR SMELL THE SMOKE Y O U HAVE A LEAK
IN the morter and SHOULD NOT burn it till the chimney is repaired. I
would also suggest that if you have not done so have the morter between
the bricks checked to be shore that there is no problems in that
reguard. Best of luck . I hope that I have mabe helped you. PS. look
for smoke stains around the chimney, inside and outside of the house.
has anyone camera inspected the flue? is it just bricks or a ceramic
get it inspected professionally then decide what it needs and what you
some gas logs look wonderful today. they look very realistic
Thanks for all the responses. I don't think we really have any issues
with nearby trees, we are not in a valley, etc. One thing is that our
water heater/furnace flue opening is at the same level as our fireplace
flue opening, and I think the fireplace flue is supposed to be higher
for better draw?
We did have it inspected with a camera and there were some small
openings so it seems to require a liner of some type.
Someone proposes installing an 8X8 round metal liner, which will result
in a much smaller opening than the current 8X8 square flue. That makes
me worry that we will have problems with smoke coming into the living
room again (we have a 36W X 30H opening--it's actually 22"H with the
smokeguard). Do you think we would have a problem by reducing the flue
size so much? Or is it high enough above the firebox that the smoke
wouldn't come back down?
Also, the guy who proposes installing the 8X8 liner includes "tile
knocking" in his quote, which means he would remove a layer of tiles
from the flue. I assume this is to accommodate the 8X8 liner?
I may be stating the obviouse here or simply a solution that you would
not choose, but it is worth suggesting. This is a low cost and no flame
solution. You could consider this if you dont want to shell out the
expense of relining or an insert. Or if you want to postpone the
descision. You could seal up the chimney by stuffing a chimney balloon
in the flue to keep the chimney sealed tight then just put a cendelabra
or decorative log stack in the fireplace to make the fireplace a design
element for the room.
My fireplace and chimney were too expensive to get back into
operational order so i just pluged the chimney and had my wife give it
the womans touch. I thought I would miss having fires in the fireplace
but I have not missed it at all.
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