While all fireplaces have some type of odor, a normal fireplace will pull smoke and odors up and out of your home. If smoke and odors are getting into your home, your chimney isn’t working properly.
The stinky smell is due to creosote deposits in the chimney, a natural byproduct of woodburning. The odor is usually worse in the summer, when the humidity is high and the air conditioner is turned on. A good good chimney sweeping
will help, but usually won't solve the problem completely.
There are commercial chimney deodorants that work fairly well, and many people have good results with baking soda or even kitty litter set in the fireplace.
The real problem is the air being drawn down the chimney, a symptom of overall pressure problems in the home. Some make-up air should be introduced somewhere else in the house. A tight sealing, top mounted chimney damper
will also reduce this air flow coming down the chimney. We can help you!
The first step to solving a stinky chimney problem is to have your chimney cleaned
. If you have your chimney cleaned each year
, you can prevent much of this buildup and reduce the risk of smelly and unpleasant odors.