Smoke Signal

Marblehead Chimney's Comments

Posted in when I light a fire, smoke comes into the house on December 22, 2012

I'd have to agree with many of the other commenters, in that much more information is needed to diagnose a smoke issue. I would say that the sweep you hired may not be fully informed as to why chimneys/fireplaces don't draft properly. It seems like he may have been addressing it purely from an external view, whereas many smoke problems begin within the house rather than without.

Posted in Damper replacement on July 31, 2012

I would have to agree with the others. A top-sealing damper will solve your damper and cap needs in one fell swoop. They're much easier to use than a traditional throat damper, and more energy effecient as well.

Posted in fireplace smokes on March 29, 2012

It sounds like you did a lot of renovations to your home. Apart from the insulation, did you add any other features--such as bathroom vents or stove hood? Those can also rob the wood burning appliance of the air it needs. So can adding an addition to the home (especially a single story addition to a two story home). Long story short, there can be many factors that can inhibit draft--the best recommendation is to have a professional sweep inspect the system. The worse case scenario would be to install an electrically driven fan, such as an Exhausto, to the top of the stack.

Posted in chimney lining for wood stove on March 27, 2012

I would agree with the insert idea. Almost all modern EPA-certified stoves run off of a 6" liner. A wood-burning insert will provide more 'bang for your buck' than a fireplace by providing more heat with less wood. And with the large glass doors most models come with, you still have the warm interaction with the fire.