Black smoke: a tell-tale sign?

Black smoke as conclave takes first papal vote  (Source: Reuters)What the hell are they getting up to in that Sixtine Chapel?
I've never seen such utter black smoke billow out of a chimney! As if it came straight from Satan's bottom.
I mean, we all saw the Italian fire brigade on the roof installing the pipe extension but did they sweep the chimney first?
They could be in for a down right nasty surprise down in the Vatican.
All those cardinals sealed up in a room. They could all have died from carbon monoxide poisoning for all we know.

Alternatively, they could be: 
a) having a barbeque
b) having an old fashioned cross burning

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