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Smoke and soot from my pleasant hearth stove

The baffle seems to be so large it blocks the flow to the chimney. Shifting it front to back seems to make no difference

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Your chimney must be properly installed above the roof line to prevent downdraft. The soot issue may be cause by burning wood that is too green, not dry enough to burn clean.

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