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If you do have a chimney fire, have the chimney inspected and repaired, if necessary, before using the system again. A chimney fire is a clear sign of a problem with the appliance, the fuel or the way the system is operated. Make changes to avoid chimney fires in the future. Using an energy-efficient woodburning appliance, coupled with good installation and proper burning techniques, dramatically lowers the chance of a chimney fire. 37 10 Preventing Smoke, Smells and Cold Hearths The smell of wood smoke inside your home is a sign that the wood-burning system isn’t working properly.
Unburned smoke also represents a less efficient appliance because smoke contains much of the wood’s total energy. Advanced combustion systems are designed to burn the smoke before it leaves the stove, which is one reason they are more efficient than older models. The charcoal phase – After the water has boiled off and most of the gases and tars have vaporized out of the wood, charcoal remains. Charcoal is almost 100-percent carbon. It burns with a red glow and some flame or smoke when enough oxygen is present.
To comply with the codes, masonry chimneys need a foundation that extends below the frost line, which is a few metres below grade in most of Canada. Unlined Masonry Chimneys – Masonry chimneys must have a liner made of clay tiles, firebrick or stainless steel to be suitable. You can upgrade some old, unlined chimneys by installing a certified stainless-steel liner. Air-Cooled Chimneys – Some decorative factory-built fireplaces are approved for use with chimneys that use air flow, instead of solid insulation between inner and outer layers, to keep the outer surface cool.