How to Fix a Smokey Fireplace

Submitted By
Phil Stone
Answers
1 expert, 0 community
Q:

I like to have a fire in our fireplace. I use plenty of kindling and dry hardwood, but I have difficulty getting and keeping a fire going. I open the flue all the way; I've tried opening a door to create a draft; fanning the flames, etc, but it soon dies out. I've tried using a small fan on low in front of the fire; this seems to help, but often causes smoke to come out into the room which sets off the smoke alarms. I love a fire, but this is less than pleasurable! What do I need to do? Thanks. Really enjoy your show.

Phil Stone, New Hill, NC