Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Beautiful Pacific NW
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DH and I are certainly not living "off the grid" (though it is a someday dream!), but we are trying to cut back on electricity usage this winter. To that end, we purchased two cords of firewood in an attempt to heat our house with the woodstove instead of baseboard heaters.
We live in a small, old cottage with a woodstove in the living room. We had a few fires in there last winter, but it was more for recreation than for heat. Since we brought home the firewood we have had many fires in the woodstove, but I have been having some problems . . .
When I try to get the fire started, I often have problems with smoke coming OUT of the woodstove and into the living room . . . last night when I came home the coals were still going (DH had just left) and I tried to add a couple of pieces of wood, and smoke just POURED out of the stove while the doors were open.
It's not like it happens every time, and it's not like smoke is belching out of the woodstove when the doors are closed or anything. But it is a bit of a problem because the house is so small; the living room gets really smoky, and it is hard to clear.
Is there any way to clean the chimney/flue to this thing--is it possible that is the reason that the smoke isn't going straight up when we start fires?