My coal boiler and oil boiler vent into the same chimney. The chimney is about 30 feet high. The coal boiler enters below the oil boiler and on the opposite side of the chimney. There is no rise to the coal boiler's stove pipe, it enters straight into the chimney and runs slightly down hill. I'm burning bituminous coal get smoke billowing out the door when I open it even though I have lots of draft. I'm thinking it may be due to the way it has been piped causing a limitation in flow.
It looks to me like the coal boiler's input was changed when the 6" square clay liner was installed. There is a knock out cemented over that I can use, I would just have to cut an opening into the clay liner. The coal boiler would then enter about 6" above the oil boiler. I don't have any room to go higher. This would put about 16" of rise on the coal boiler's smoke pipe. I stuck 2 old elbows in to prove to myself that I have room to rearrange the pipe, you can see them in the pic.
Do you think this alternate piping might make an improvement?