Chimney   won’t draw

Ohio, United States   

I have a stainless steel pipe all the way up same size as it is coming out of and it won’t draw


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by ChimneyChick | February 27, 2015 ChimneyChick's avatar
Midland, Ontario

All chimneys require a flow of air to establish draw/draft. If the unit is in a basement then the draw is more difficult to start.
Not knowing what unit it is attached nor the length of the flue channel, to I will make a generalization with you.
First off you need to know that the chimney system is NOT blocked anywhere.
Second you need to ensure that the entire channel is warm to establish draw. You will want to put a small space heater or blow dryer in the firebox and have it shoot hot air UP the chimney for about 5 minutes. If it is a woodstove, then move one of the top baffle bricks slightly aside to ensure the hot air goes UP the chimney. For a fireplace OPEN the damper. After about 5 minutes , remove the heating devise and light a small wand of newsprint and hold it up into the flue and see if the smoke is being drawn up. Then lay a small kindling fire and light it.
If the draw is not established, you may need to heat the flue up for a longer period.

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