I imagine any kind of temperature inversion will be bad for trapping the smoke, plus the low wind speeds and the greater temptation to have the fire on in those conditions too.It all depends on the weather conditions. Heavy atmosphere means the smoke lingers closer to ground level. Mine is all right. Not lingering close to the ground, no smell either.
Well there was definitely lots of soot marks on the brick work to show that there was originally a fire there! I didn't realise it would seep under the plaster around the fireplace. Some of the wood we are going to be burning has come from a willow tree that we chopped several years ago at our old house! And some from a community project that manages a bit of woodland. Although my parents didn't have a real fire when I was growing up, all my relations had real fires or aga's etc so I've missed a real fire. One of my memories of my granny was that I wasn't supposed to come downstairs until she had lit the aga so the room was starting to warmI had an odd conversation with someone recently who sneered at the thought of open fires and/woodburners and insisted that people in "three bed semis" didn't have them.