I tried out the fan idea today. It worked pretty good for the first 15 minutes but then the fire started spreading up the wood while still burning sideways at the bottom and thus cause it to start smoking again. Am I doing something wrong? I can't keep letting my house get filled with smoke every day. By the way my entire system did heat up, I could feel it on the clean out cap at the far end, and my exhaust was around 90-100 degrees. Also I am using a dragon heater 8" core with their heat riser and I added 2-4" of clay slip/perlite around the core but not the heat riser for extra insulation. My transition has a CSA of around 120 sq in and I am using half barrels for my ducting, just thought I'd add some more background info.