04:18PM | 05/09/03
Member Since: 05/08/03
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We have a wood stove downstairs in our rec room and we always have a problem with that musty, smokey smell that continues year round. We clean out the stove every spring as well as the chimney but can't get rind of that smell that ends up in the furniture, clothes, everything!!! Any suggestions?


05:23PM | 05/09/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
1281 lifetime posts
You may have a serious back draft problem.
The fact it is in a basement is the first clue. It continues year round also.
It would happen when you have another combustion type fuel burner for heat such as an oil or gas furnace or boiler and a tight house. That other combustion unit has to have makeup air from someplace and if the house is tight enough, the only way for fresh air to come into the house is like Santa Clause, down the old chimney through the wood stove and into the basement.
a strong exhaust vent over the kitchen range would do the saame thing


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