Today we lit up our wood stove, but the smoke was exiting from inside instead of out of the flue. We were puzzled by this, but learned that it was because there was a column of cold air inside the flue preventing the smoke from rising. First time this has happened. It eventually did draft outside, once the flue warmed up. Starting a fire from a cold stove will be tricky, anyone got tips?


@rek Next time we'll try adding an extra length of pipe outside to lift the smoke head from the deck. That may help with draft, although we never had draft problems before...

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