smoke shelf

a ledge at the bottom of a smoke chamber, so made as to deflect or break downdrafts from the chimney.
Also called wind shelf. Unabridged
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Clean off the smoke shelf above the damper from inside, working from the fireplace opening.
And for ease of construction the firebox and smoke shelf can be formed in plywood and burnt out later.
Remove the drop-cloth and clean off the smoke shelf above the damper by working from inside the fireplace opening.
If not, it may ignite material that's up there on the smoke shelf or ignite creosote in the chimney.
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