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Posted: 10/28/2010 9:04:28 AM EDT
Ok, so we're getting high winds here today, and there is smoke comming out of the bottom of my fireplace insert everytime the wind blows. I dont think this is normal at all, we are cleaning out all the ashes right now, but will this happen again after its clean, is there a problem somewhere? help!
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 9:06:08 AM EDT
It happens.  If you're not burning a fire at the time, just close the damper.
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 9:15:50 AM EDT
Try opening a window a couple of inches

Link Posted: 10/28/2010 9:25:38 AM EDT
It's a pressure thing.  Apparently the high winds are creating a high-pressure area around your house and atmosphere is backfilling into your low-pressure house.

Speaking of which;  I used to own a house near the airport.  The airport got sued for noise violations and one of the settlements was they came and soundproofed everyone's house.  In my case that meant blowing a bunch of insulation in the attic, installing cheap-ass double pane windows, and hermetically sealing the rest of it.

First time I made a fire in the den fireplace the smoke came pouring in the living room fireplace.  Both flues used the same chimney, and because the house was so well sealed the only available air intake was the other flue.  Smoke went up the back flue and came pouring down the front flue along with the rest of the air trying to replace what was lost up the burning fireplace.
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