Fireplace Smoke in the Basement

Why do I get smoke in my basement fireplace whenever I start a fire in my first floor fireplace?

Mike from Pittsburgh, PA

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January 22, 20090 found this helpful

You probably have a crack in the flu between the two chimneys. This happened at my parents house. Had to call in someone to get it relined, but it was covered under homeowners insurance

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January 22, 20090 found this helpful

Check your chimney flue to make sure that it isn't plugged with a bird's nest, etc.

Hire a professional chimeny sweep to clean it out.

My husband and I were overtaken by smoke inhalation and almost died because a bird had built a nest in the top of the wood burning stove exhaust. Our basement was filling with smoke while we were both asleep. It's not worth losing your life.

WARNING: STOP USING YOUR FIREPLACE IMMEDIATELY UNTIL YOU CORRECT THE PROBLEM!

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January 26, 20090 found this helpful

YOur chimney isn't drawing perfectly, so the above posts make sense. Also, build a tiny fire first to warm the chimney. After ten minutes add fuel. Don't ever burn lots of paper such as gift wrapping. If you want to know if it's drawing well, look at the chimney from outside. Only when heat makes it to the top of the chimney will it draw. A fire making lots of smoke with a chimney not ready to draw will have to put its smoke somewhere. Good luck - a warm fire is very worth it.

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February 5, 20090 found this helpful

You need to get it checked. You may burn down your house. Could be a hole some where. My neighbors house burn because of a hole in the chimney, so get it checked out soon. Good luck.

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