• Say Goodbye to Smoky Fireplaces: 5 Solutions to Try

    Say Goodbye to Smoky Fireplaces: 5 Solutions to Try

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    Is your home plagued by a smoky fireplace?  Although alarming at the time, this is a common issue that many homeowners experience.  The causes of this problem can vary but there are several techniques you can use to lessen or eliminate smoke from entering into the living space.  Here are 5 solutions to try:

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    •  Prior to starting the fire, warm the flue to create a stronger draft.  You can prime the flue by lighting paper underneath or blowing hot air from a blow dryer up through the unit.  This is especially important if outside conditions are very cold or windy.
    •  Open a window to push more oxygen into the area to sustain the necessary combustion needed for the fire.  The window can be closed after a strong blaze has been established.
    • Make sure the damper is in the “open” position.  A closed damper can push smoke back into the home.  You can easily check if the damper is completely open by shining a flashlight up into the flue.
    • Make sure you are using the right firewood.  All firewood should be aged at least a year and kept sheltered from rain.  Dry firewood works best for keeping the smoke out of the fireplace.
    • Check the height and placement of the fire grate.  The grate should be high enough to provide for circulation underneath and should also be positioned near the back of the firebox.

    If problems persist, contact the team at Lindemann Chimney Service to schedule an in-home visit.  A thorough chimney cleaning may be needed to completely clear the flue so that the fireplace can function properly once again.  Our certified technicians are skilled in servicing any issues your chimney may be experiencing.  Using the latest in chimney tools, we can get your unit in proper working order in no time.

    Contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment

    By Rob Lindemann

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