Open fireplace – fire smokes when first lit

Cause

Draught-stopping in chimney was not removed

Repair

  • extinguish the fire; remove draught-stopping from inside the chimney

Cause

Chimney is cold, causing downdraughts

Repair

  • hold an open newspaper across the top part of the fireplace opening so that the airflow must come from a low level

Cause

The fire is burning primarily at the front of grate restricting the draught

Repair

  • start the fire near the back of the grate