Why did my fireplace fill my house with smoke?
September 14, 2010 6:05 AM Subscribe
Why did my fireplace spew smoke out into the living room when I burned some stuff on a hot day this summer? I've checked the chimney and it looks clean...
posted by crapples to Home & Garden (25 answers total)
Is it possible that on a hot humid day the air pressure from outside pushed the smoke down into the air conditioned house? Most importantly, if I start a fire right now on a cooler Fall day, will it happen again?
I climbed on the roof and checked the chimney with a flashlight. It looked as clean as one could reasonably expect a chimney to be.
Also, yes, the flue was open.
I'd like to have an idea about why this happened over the summer before starting another fire because it's a real bear to get tons of smoke out of the air.