Solid fuel heating appliances cannot share a common flue with chimney flues utilized by other solid fuel, fossil fuel or gas fire appliances.
Check that the damper is open before lighting the fire. Failure to do so can result in an accumulation of of smoke and carbon monoxide in the home. Do not close the damper before the fire has died out and the embers are cold.
Inspection by Qualified Mason
Have the chimney and flue inspected by a qualified mason prior to use. Cracks in the flue or mortar joints can allow flames and heated gases to extend into the structure.