When we have fireplaces, sometimes a smell will come out of them. This can be rather uncomfortable especially when it seeps into your home.

A common question we are often asked is why does my fireplace smell. The answer is, it really shouldn’t.

Below are some reasons why your fireplace may smell and how to fix it.

Is it normal for the fireplace to smell?

The way the fireplace works is the smell should be drawn out of your home through the chimney. So the smell should be very minimal.

Granted, some smells are usually fairly common, but they should not be strong. 

The reasons behind the smell are the air from outside being pulled into your home. You should call a chimney sweep for an inspection as there could be a build-up of creosote or even a dead animal inside your chimney.

How do I get rid of the fireplace smell?

There are a few ways to get rid of the smell.

  • Call a professional
  • Run a purifier
  • Clean your fireplace
  • Have a chimney sweep and inspection

These should remedy your situation.

Many find that regular fireplace cleaning with vinegar helps keep the smell of the fireplace down. Regular chimney cleanings will help to reduce the creosote build-up inside the chimney and if there happens to be a dead animal it will be removed.

How do you get a wood-burning smell out of your house?

Well, some like the smell of their wood-burning fireplace. Having your chimney properly swept is important to help rid your house of the smell.

But ultimately, getting a gas stove is the best option to help rid your house of the smell or ‌not use your fireplace.