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Old 04-02-2009, 05:15 PM
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Is your house sealed up tighter than a drum? If so the next time it happens open a nearby window or door. If the problem magically goes away you don't have enough air circulating into the room...
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Old 04-02-2009, 10:47 PM
Location: Nebraska
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Wow! Thanks for all of the responses!

Yes, coalman, we've tried opening the window next to the stove as well as a window across the room. The smoke poured out faster. We even tried opening the door, even to opening the N door and the S door to get a flow thru! (What happened then, was we got a heck of a current that almost blew the dog out! LOL)

I'm afraid if we extended the pipe any more it would become unstable - and cooler, the higher it got. Almost everything around here that extends upwards higher than 5 feet has to have guy wires on it. Even our arbor has guy wires on it; and the stovepipe is no exception.

Thanks for the advice about the windbeater cap! It sounds like it would be worth the price. WY gets about the same wind we do; on the downhill slope of the Rockies, those storms just seem to roll downhill and ROAR by the time they get to us! When I was wondering aloud one day as to why they don't sell the big box kites here, or have kite flying competitions, because the wind seems so perfect for it - DH said wth his usual straight face - "They probably got tired of losing small children".
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Old 04-13-2009, 01:54 PM
Location: Jewel Lake (Sagle) Idaho
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SCGranny, I think your problem is due to the airflow around the house more than the stove pipe. In a strong wind, the air flow creates a "negative pressure" on the downwind side of the house, any openings or leaks on that side of the house pulls the internal pressure on the house down to that level. If that pressure is lower than the positive pressure associated with your draft, you'll get smoke drawing into the house.

When you opened a window, was it towards the "upwind" side of the house?
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