At what point can you close the damper on a fireplace?

Discussion in 'Home Repair' started by deanbrown3d@yahoo.com, Feb 18, 2005.

  1. Guest

    Hi there I am new to fireplaces. I have a heatolator insert fireplace,
    which is just great. If I close the damper (its either open fully or
    closed) it still seems to burn, just slowly, and no smoke enters the
    house. Am I supposed to close the damper before I go to bed, if there
    are just coals left? Or should I leave it open all night until its
    cold?

    Thanks and sorry for the novice question!

    Dean
     
    , Feb 18, 2005
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  2. xrongor Guest

    head yourself down to the library and learn how to use your stove properly.
    i assume you cant use a search engine properly either... maybe check that
    one out too while you are there.

    randy

    > Hi there I am new to fireplaces. I have a heatolator insert fireplace,
    > which is just great. If I close the damper (its either open fully or
    > closed) it still seems to burn, just slowly, and no smoke enters the
    > house. Am I supposed to close the damper before I go to bed, if there
    > are just coals left? Or should I leave it open all night until its
    > cold?
    >
    > Thanks and sorry for the novice question!
    >
    > Dean
    >
     
    xrongor, Feb 18, 2005
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  3. John B Guest

    Aren't you worried about carbon monoxide?

    <> wrote
    > If I close the damper (its either open fully or
    > closed) it still seems to burn, just slowly, and no smoke enters the
    > house. Am I supposed to close the damper before I go to bed, if there
    > are just coals left? Or should I leave it open all night until its
    > cold?
    >
    > Thanks and sorry for the novice question!
    >
    > Dean
    >
     
    John B, Feb 18, 2005
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  4. Guest

    don't be a shit head. if everyone followed your advice this form would
    not exhist.
     
    , Feb 18, 2005
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  5. Guest

    randy - take your head out of your arse...
     
    , Feb 18, 2005
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  6. Guest

    I am concerned about CO, but I have several detectors around that would
    warn me.

    Dean
     
    , Feb 18, 2005
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  7. Guest

    I guess he doesn't get it, that its easier to ask than to 'pop down to
    the local library and look it up'. Especially as its anonymous here so
    who cares if you ask a dumb question?

    Jeez
     
    , Feb 18, 2005
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  8. xrongor Guest

    funny how many people chose to attack me for giving proper advice, yet offer
    nothing of their own on the subject.

    let me spell it out for you.

    you cannot learn enough to operate a fireplace safely in a couple paragraphs
    from short newsgroup answer to an incomplete question. looking at the
    replies so far, i think that should be obvious. you dont need to go
    anywhere. just use a search engine and search for fireplace safety. it
    should be clear from the question that this person needs to know a bit more
    about how a stove operates than simply should i close the damper at night.

    its not a dumb question. never said it was. there are no dumb questions.
    just dumb comments about the answers...

    randy

    <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >I guess he doesn't get it, that its easier to ask than to 'pop down to
    > the local library and look it up'. Especially as its anonymous here so
    > who cares if you ask a dumb question?
    >
    > Jeez
    >
     
    xrongor, Feb 19, 2005
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  9. Guest

    Well it was not your advice that I disliked, it was the way you put it.
    Sarcasm holds very low to me. I have been researching furnaces and
    chimneys for a long long time now on the web. I just had a question
    about the particular model I have of fireplace, since it appears to
    have a secondary path to the chimney, although I cannot see well enough
    to be sure. No point wasting good house air is there? I called the
    makers and evern they didn't know if I could close the damper! Hence my
    question on google.

    Well, thanks all the same.

    Dean
     
    , Feb 21, 2005
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  10. Guest

    I always leave mine open until the fire is completely out. Usually,
    from a practical standpoint, this means overnight, as by bed time,
    their are usually quite a bit of embers still burning. I don't
    understand your comment about the fireplace having another path up the
    flue besides the passage with the damper. I've never seen that in a
    home fireplace and it would be a big energy waste if it were built that
    way.

    As for the CO issues, people have died in tents using charcoal grills.
    Given the air volumes, it would be harder to do this in a house, but
    why take a chance? Plus, fires that looked like they were out have
    been know to spring back to life hours later.
     
    , Feb 21, 2005
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