Why do we have a cresote smell in our house.

Only when the stove is not burning.

  5 answers
  • Mara Mara on Dec 01, 2017
    Likely dampness in the chimney
  • Ken Ken on Dec 01, 2017
    Possibly cold air is being drawn back down the chimney. What other heat source do you have? If it too has a chimney and needs combustion air... it found a source.
  • Tammyg Tammyg on Dec 01, 2017
    It might be humidity, or a draft...or your stove pipe needs cleaning.
  • P Santos P Santos on Dec 01, 2017
    If you mean your wood stove, you likely have cresote buildup, a dangerous condition that could cause a chimney fire. The reason you don’t smell it when the stove is burning is because the heat creates a draft that takes the odor up the chimney. Pinewood has more cresote than other woods. Hardwoods are best when burning wood stoves. Please have your chimney cleaned now and use only hardwoods.
  • 2dogal 2dogal on Dec 01, 2017
    If you are talking about a wood burning stove, have it cleaned immediately as the creosote can build up in the pipe and cause a fire. After it is cleaned, burn a very hot fire at least once a week to help decrease the creosote build up. And yes, hardwoods are best to burn in wood stoves.