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Recently we answered a question from Larry, a reader who was having a problem with his fireplace. Seems that whenever he started a fire, he was nearly smoked out his house. Larry questioned us about a previous column in which we recommended that a couple install a chimney-top damper to lessen the smell of ash in their house when a fire was not burning. The damper will stop outside air from migrating down the chimney when the fireplace is not in use, but Larry wondered how a damper would help the smoke problem in his house. It won't. We suggested Larry's problem was insufficient combustion air, which is required for a fireplace to draft properly. As often happens, this response generated reader feedback. When this feedback contains solid alternative suggestions or valuable informati...