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Old 12-04-2010, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Why would your neighbors have a fire if it's 70 degrees outside?
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Old 12-04-2010, 08:28 PM
 
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Why would your neighbors have a fire if it's 70 degrees outside?

Cold morning? In my area it's not unreasonable to have a 40 degree morning and see it up into 60's or 70's by afternoon. Typical wood fire might burn for 4 or 5 hours.
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Old 12-04-2010, 08:42 PM
 
Location: augusta
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This is just totally untrue. Property rights means that you owe your city property taxes. There are very many limits to what you can do on your own property, so many that I won't even bother to list ANY.
I think a lot of the problems that house heating fires cause is the result of poor burning habits, like a fire that isn't hot enough to fully combust the wood, or even people who burn wet wood.

Another problem is chimneys that aren't high enough. My neighbor's chimney is only a few feet from my house, so any time there is a fire over there, the smoke blows into my house before it reaches the atmosphere. That's not a problem when it's cold out and all of the doors are closed, but it IS a problem when it's 70' out and the middle of a sunny day and I'm trying to do things without being enveloped in a cloud of smoke.
Perhaps in your state, there are more limits to what you can do on your property. However, in Maine, that is the opposite.
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Old 12-04-2010, 09:00 PM
 
Location: augusta
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Paranoid much? Not saying.....just asking!
No, I am not paranoid. My husband and I simply work hard to afford nice things in life, a home where we can do as we would like, and nice vehicles and a good private school for our children. And every time someone starts to complain about things that are so trivial it feels like a smack against all the sacrifices to make those things happen. I live in a great state where people tend to mind their own business. I also come from a long line of typical "crusty" New Englanders. We aren't much for interference. There are things my neighbors do that irritate me, but never would I think to complain about it about their home because it's their property.
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Old 12-05-2010, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Western Washington
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No, I am not paranoid. My husband and I simply work hard to afford nice things in life, a home where we can do as we would like, and nice vehicles and a good private school for our children. And every time someone starts to complain about things that are so trivial it feels like a smack against all the sacrifices to make those things happen. I live in a great state where people tend to mind their own business. I also come from a long line of typical "crusty" New Englanders. We aren't much for interference. There are things my neighbors do that irritate me, but never would I think to complain about it about their home because it's their property.
I pretty much agree with everything you wrote here....and come from some crusty NE stock myself. Believe it or not, I really wasn't attacking you, just letting you know that a whole lot of us WA residents (at least in MY part of the state) are very much like you folks up there. I did, however, take offense to your WA resident comments. We are live and let live folks (for the most part) and yeah, we do have a few people in our town who can't seem to just leave people alone....whine about woodstoves because they don't have one, complain if a neighbor's house isn't up to par because it might lower their property values IF they should choose to sell it (even though they're not considering it). There are nasty, butt-inskys everywhere. Like I said, for the most part, at least in my part of the state, we have a tendency to mind our own business. Keep if out of my yard, don't keep me up all night and you're fine. You leave me alone, I'll leave you alone. You pick on me or my family, I'm comin after you like a pit bull! LOL

Have a great day!
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Old 01-13-2011, 01:57 PM
 
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Apologies, I haven't read the entire thread, but I'm having this problem too. I usually love the smell of a wood burning fireplace and we used to own one. However, this is our first winter at our new house and our neighbor's smoke from his fireplace is coming into our home. He has two wood burning fireplaces he uses at the same time and our homes are really close together. I also think we have a draft problem with our windows/doors. It's an all around mess!
I'm 7 months pregnant and I have a really bad cold/congestion/cough. The smell of both of his fireplaces going at once is sending me over the edge. I can't go outside to escape it, I can't stay in and hide from it, and I really don't feel like leaving my house. I sympathize with the OP. It's not like I catch just a "whiff" of the smell, my whole house smells like a smoke pit. Like I said, I normally love this smell. I just don't like to marinate in it in my own home.
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Old 02-10-2011, 05:43 AM
 
Location: Garden City, MI
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@Chai - So sorry that you have to go through this. I was in your shoes 2 years ago. I now have a 1.5 year old and am still fighting for clean air. I'm allergic to it and it causes my ear to fill with fluid. Sucks, because it affects my balance. My neighbors are burning a dirty stove. I was forced to purchase an air filter. It ran me $300 (with $150 annual replacement parts), but works to clean the room that I'm in at the time. I just move it with me if I need. My daughter gets it in her room overnight. I can't believe that my neighbor's keep burning, when it is ruining my quality of life.

FIGHT!
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Old 02-10-2011, 05:50 AM
 
Location: Garden City, MI
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The reason this thread was started is so that people who live near folks who use outdated equipment or burn incorrectly can have support. Using your property includes being sure that the toxic **** from your property doesn't invade your neighbor's property.

There is a HUGE problem with ignorant people burning wood. They have no idea how to ensure a safe byproduct = no byproduct.
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Old 02-10-2011, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Columbus, Ohio
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@Chai - So sorry that you have to go through this. I was in your shoes 2 years ago. I now have a 1.5 year old and am still fighting for clean air. I'm allergic to it and it causes my ear to fill with fluid. Sucks, because it affects my balance. My neighbors are burning a dirty stove. I was forced to purchase an air filter. It ran me $300 (with $150 annual replacement parts), but works to clean the room that I'm in at the time. I just move it with me if I need. My daughter gets it in her room overnight. I can't believe that my neighbor's keep burning, when it is ruining my quality of life.

FIGHT!
I guess you need to buy a few more air purifiers.

If it is ruining the quality of your life, fix your place up to not allow drafts or move.
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Old 02-10-2011, 03:27 PM
 
Location: New England
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So this is where the trolls hang out!

I have no problem with wood smoke now but I used to get it from my neighbors when I had a house.

The smokey smell would start at about 11pm and at first I used to think my house was on fire. But when I opened the door, the outside air was all smokey and it was not coming from my house.

Those houses were close together, maybe that was it.

My solution was to move close to the ocean and in a RICH area where people don't use wood stoves. Once in a while I can smell that nice fireplace aroma, but only if I am outside, not in the house.

I'm in an apartment too and that helps--no woodstoves in an apartment.

I still love camping and campfires and toasting marshmallows. I just don't want to forced to breathe smoke in my own home -- asthma is bad enough without that.
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