Smoke entering the room.

Picardie, France   


I have a large open wood burning fireplace in our living room. It is adjacent to an outside wall.

The fire burns really well and very hot. However the moment I close the door to the room smoke enters the room. I can literally control the smoke by opening and closing the door.

It’s a large fire so i imagine it needs a huge amount of oxygen. however I’m just surprised the smoke entry into the room is so instantaneous when I close the door.

Do you have any idea why this is happening?

I am thinking the room is quite air tight.


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by ChimneyChick | November 25, 2016 ChimneyChick's avatar
Midland, Ontario

everytime you change the door opening you are changing the air exchange in the room. Obviously this is a very tight room.
You may have to add an outside air vent to the existing fireplace so that it breathes on its own without being dependent on the dinamics of the room and the opening and closing of the door.
That is why in the oplden days, doors always had a transom above them, to regulate air flow into that room.

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