I've just completed installing a new small (3kW) wood burning stove in
an old chimney, including a chimney liner. Everything seemed OK, and
the fire was lit for a couple of hours yesterday (and made nasty paint
smells, but apparently that's normal.)
However, today I've had it going on full blast for an hour and a half
or so and the fire alarms in my house started going off. :( I can't
see any smoke leaking out anywhere and all the joints and seals seem
fine so I don't understand what's going on. The alarms carried on
going off until I'd opened all the doors and windows and closed down
the fire. Anyone have any ideas?
Thanks a lot,
> :( I can't see any smoke leaking out anywhere and all the joints and
> seals seem fine so I don't understand what's going on. The alarms
> carried on going off until I'd opened all the doors and windows and
> closed down the fire. Anyone have any ideas?
Are you sure they aren't "heat alarms" rather than smoke alarms ?
I remember my digs when I was at college were forever having fire
alarms. "They" had fitted smoke detectors in the living room/kitchen so
that everytime someone burned toast it was the full, everyone evacuated,
six fire engines (this the females [and some males]seemed to love as all
these hunky fiemen would be about the place) performance. This was all
solved when they removed the smoke detectors from the living
room/kitchen and installed "heat detectors.
Hmm, well, no. The fire is only small so doesn't require a dedicated
permanent air supply and the house is old (draughty front door into the
room with the fire) but I guess it could be the reason.
Re. the fire alarms - they've got the radiation warning.
Anyway, I've had the fire on twice since I wrote the post above and
haven't had any problems. I'm beginning to think maybe the problem was
an unlucky combination of the open vents on the fire (I had the
"spinwheel" on the front open for a while at the time). In any case I'll
get one of those smoke pellets and test it out with that just to be
You may need to consider CO alarms too.
Smoke alarm guidance here:
To ascertain type you have, is there some indication printed on
outside of alarm?
If not take alarm off ceiling, look at label; if Ionisation type
there'll be a radioactive warning symbol
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