A. Fireplace doesnt draw well. Because of that, it takes a long time to heat the chimney and once it is heated, everything is fine. B. When fireplace is not in use, the residual smokey odor is very obvious. It is May and we still have the smell from the fireplace.
I have a few ideas that will allow me to have wood heat while not causing a big problem. Can you guys take a look and give me your thoughts?
1. Chimney cap that has a fan on it. I have seen this mentioned on a HGTV program. It appears to be designed for homes like mine. Though the idea makes sense, I can see the lifespan being short because of the electric motor and the heat exposure. It happens to be unattractive as well. But, if it works, it may be worth it. Does anyone have any thoughts on these?
2. Wood Stove insert that seals. My hunch is that the sealed doors will keep the smokey smell contained in the stove and chimney. Because of the improved efficiency, I would use less wood as well.
3. A metal (iron) pipe that would run inside the masonry chimney. I would see this as a way to have a hot chimney as well as making it more efficient. My father suggested that the pipe extend a few feet above the chimney. Would this work in solving our problem?
Any thoughts would be appreciated.