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Asked on: 11/14/05, 10:16 am

Neighbors outdoor wood burning furnace causing problems.

I am having a problem with my neighbors outdoor wood burning furnace. We live in a neighborhood where most lots are between .25 and .33 acres. The furnace was installed about 8 feet from the property line and about 18 feet from our house. The chimney on the furnace stands about 7 or 8 feet from ground level. The furnace may be running all year round since it also provides hot water. The amount of smoke coming from the furnace is unbearable. We can no longer even go in our yard because the smoke burns our eyes and is very irritating to breath. Inside of our house smoke seeps in through our windows and doors even when they are closed. We are scared of developing health problems relating to the smoke. There are no local regulations regarding the furnace. We are afraid we will never be able to sell our house because of smoke problems. I would prefer to solve these problems privately with the home owner but I'm not sure that this approach will work. Is there any hope of forcing our neighbor to install a taller chimney by taking them to court?

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