Our traditional but renovated stone house has two log burners, one in the kitchen (a retro-style) Evergreen Maple ST1020 in the kitchen and an Invicta Bradford in the living room.
I’ve really mastered the Maple - I can light it easily and control the burn with ease - it’s never smoky.
The much more expensive and modern Invicta Bradford is another kettle of fish. Once it’s going it really does belt out the heat, but I can’t avoid smoking out the room when lighting it. It even leaks smoke through the seal at the top of the door until the fire is established. I changed the rope seal and it really didn’t make much difference.
I think the problem is that the flue goes horizontally through the thick wall before heading upwards, so it takes longer for the draw to be established. In the mean time it’s smoky.
I can’t leave the door ajar to give the fire more air and if the door is closed the initial fire goes out. The venting controls are nowhere near as effective as the old-style Maple.
If anyone has the Invicta Bradford, I’d really appreciate your suggestions for making it less smoky!