My fireplace smokes inside my home when I use it, what do I do?
Smoke coming into your home is certainly not enjoyable and indicates a problem with a poor draw up and out of the chimney. Smoke may also escape through leaks in your liner into other areas of the house. If you smell smoke in other rooms, your problem is likely with your liner. Remember, your liner must be the correct size for the fireplace, stove or furnace that you are venting – if it is not, the gases and smoke will not all escape the home.
If your damper is not working properly or is closed, you will also get smoke back drafting into the home. Many of today’s homes are built very tightly, so the air that is taken out of the room during burning can’t be replaced. Outside air needs to be introduced, in order to remedy the imbalance and allow the smoke to be drafted out of the chimney. If your smoking problem goes away when you crack open a window, this might be your problem. If you have smoke in your home when you use your fireplace, it is not a safe situation. A cleaning could help this situation but not always.
Additions added to home may cause chimneys to draft improperly.