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Fireplace troubleshooting our damper is not working properly on lady Kitchener fire place fire goes better with door open

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It may not be your damper, is your house insulated and sealed up .sounds like it, when you open the door you are giving it more air for your draft, may need to add a make up airkit to the home, often these days we are sealing our homes up too tight and not allowing enough air for draft, that fire place needs to breath, call your power utility company and usually they will come out and do an energy assessment at no charge, if this is a smaller home this may be your problem : )

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