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Acrid smell from Woodstock Fireview

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Wanderer, Jun 15, 2012.

  1. Wanderer

    Wanderer New Member

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    I've owned a Fireview for four years now and have been troubleshooting the same problem for as many years. There is an acrid smell that seems to come from above the loading door and the backside of the lid. The problem worsens when engaging the combustor and reducing the airflow to less than 1. Woodstock has not been able to solve the problem.

    What has been tried:
    1. Extended the chimney height
    2. Replaced the door gasket and lid gasket
    3. Replaced the CAT
    4. Adjusted the door tightness
    5. Adjusted the airflow across the glass

    Any ideas of where to look next would be greatly appreciated.

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  2. Todd

    Todd Minister of Fire

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    Maybe it's coming from the bypass lever handle? Is it loose? I know that lever isn't air tight, maybe stuff some insulation or gasket material around the hole where it comes out through the iron.

    I had some smell in the same area on my old Fireview but once I changed the door gasket it stopped. Maybe your door has a slight warp and won't seal even with new gasket. Take it off and put a straight edge on it.
  3. rdust

    rdust Minister of Fire

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    Could it be a draft issue once it dialed down low, maybe the chimney still isn't up to par. What is the chimney setup?
  4. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Welcome wanderer. Sorry to hear about your stinky stove. Can you describe the present chimney and how the stove is connected? Please provide details on pipe size, elbows, length of runs, insulation, etc.. Also, what was used to seal the flue collar?
  5. Wanderer

    Wanderer New Member

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    Thanks for help everyone.

    The chimney is DuraPlus triple wall 6 inch. The oem stove pipe exits the stove horizontally for about 3 ft. into the 90 elbow and up from there on the outside of the house inside a stickframe chase. The chimney extends two feet about the highest point of the roofline.

    I have tightened the bypass lever as it did come lose and was not sealing but I still have the same problem.

    Seal the flue collar? If you mean the cast iron exit from the stove into the stove pipe, I stuffed a gasket inside the gap.
  6. Todd

    Todd Minister of Fire

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    Is the stove in a basement? Maybe your house is too tight and you need an outside air kit?
  7. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    A gasket seal sounds ok as long as it is tight enough to do the job with no air leaks. If uncertain use Rutland furnace cement. Can you confirm that the horizontal run is pitched up at least 1/4" per ft. toward the chimney?

    How tall is the the exterior chimney?

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