Yesterday, I went to a friend’s house for a ‘dry run’ for
Thanksgiving Day. I have never participated in a dry run, so this was new. A ‘dry
run’ is more about process and timing and not necessarily taste testing the
food. Disappointing, but I think we all got that one down just fine.
When I arrived, everything was in order: dishes, pots, pans,
food prep and serving spaces. I found out that my job for today was to dry run
the family and dining rooms where the tables were to be set up. I did my part
and figured out where the tables and chairs were to go. I, of course, set up
the tables in the family room around the fireplace. Not too close, no need to
cook the turkey twice…or the guests.
Now for the dining room. As I was working out the
configuration, I smelled some smoke. I thought she decided to make a couple of
dishes for me…us…to taste test. It wasn’t smelling so good. Too smoky. I went
into the kitchen to explore the dishes of food to find everything empty. Where
is that smell coming from?
I went from room to room ensuring nothing was burning. Until
I walked into the family room. She lit the fireplace. Smoke
was going into the chimney,
but was also remaining in the house. Problem.
There are lots of reasons for the smoke to come into the
- It could need a good cleaning or chimney sweep
- Maybe the damper
isn’t fully open
- The firewood could be bad
Instead of wasting time guessing, I told her to call
Superior Chimney 877-244-6349 to inspect and clean the chimney.
At first, she was reluctant and I shared two critical reasons to call: 1. There’s
going to be a house full of guests. No need for the Great American Smoke Out.
2. Clothing, furniture and the carpet will absorb the smoky smell. It’s better
to have guests leave with the smell of oven roasted turkey.
Thankfully, she listened. Superior Chimney should be at my friend’s
house shortly. They’ll inspect the condition of the chimney with their 14-point inspection.
Next, a thorough chimney
cleaning and fireplace
cleaning with all the pictures and explanations she’ll need to understand
where the smoke problem resides. Now when tomorrow comes, we’ll be sniffing up
all the right smells.
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