Hello everyone. Recently I have been having water dripping in my chimney. It is a brick clay lined chimney that runs through the middle of the house and originally had a cap on it. The water is only a drip and it comes in clean but when it hits the bottom of the chimney it mixes with the soot and leaches out into the basement and stinks. I first thought it was the smoke condensing on the cap and dripping back in so I removed the cap but the problem still persists. It is not related to the weather; we can go days without rain or snow (though rare in Newfoundland) and still get the drip.
The only thing that has changed is, as the woodstove is in the basement, I put a hood over the stove below the grate in the main floor to help draw the heat up. This has meant that I do not have to burn the fire as hot. I wonder if this has affected the draw in the chimney and the smoke is condensing once it hits the cold chimney in the attic and above the roof.
I am tired of the smell and cleaning up the mess all the time. Can anyone offer a solution or help pinpoint the problem.