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By Craig on November 9, 2012
Hi! I have installed SK double walled pipe on my Vermont Castings Stratton fireplace. When I light a fire, it burns just fine for the first few minutes and then smoke pours from the fireplace vents above and below the glass door. There is nothing I can do to stop it, but once the fire gets hot the smoking stops. Is this a design flaw in the installation or is there something I can do to correct hits?
on November 9, 2012

Answer:
This is definitely not a characteristic of this unit and indicates that there may be some sort of issue with either the chimney system or the unit itself. Do you know the overall height of the recently installed chimney system? Also, to the best of your knowledge, is any smoke escaping from around the door seal itself or is it entirely from the openings on the face of the box? Please advise at your convenience.

By Chris from Napa, CA on July 23, 2014
I am installing a FMI Venice Lights with a horizontal flue sloped at 1/8" per foot, with an overall run of 10 ft from top of fireplace to wall cap. Do I need a wall mounted chimney fan? If so, which fan do I order?
By eFireplaceStore on July 23, 2014

Answer:
In order to achieve a 10 foot horizontal run, a 2 foot vertical section would need to be installed prior to beginning the horizontal run. The manufacturer does not offer a power vent for this model, nor do they recommend using one. The design of the fireplace virtually guarantees operation issues if a power vent was installed.

Instead of allowing smoke to reenter your home, utilize the power of a chimney fan. Installed at the top of the chimney, this accessory creates it's own draft which pulls smoke up and out of your home. In fact, chimney fans are sometimes the only way to deal with major draft problems. Depending on the size of your chimney, you may also need to purchase an adaptor to ensure proper installation. Most fans include a pre-wired junction box, a fan speed control, and a bird screen. Each is also designed to use the least amount of energy possible - about as much as a regular light bulb.
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