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CO detector question.

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by Rowdysdad, Sep 27, 2013.

  1. Rowdysdad

    Rowdysdad New Member

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    I have a question for anyone out there using a CO monitor/detector. What are your recommendations for the brand to get?


    Thanks.

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  3. slvrblkk

    slvrblkk Minister of Fire

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    Yup...I have one where the stove is and one upstairs outside of all the bedrooms. Both are the Kidde brand.
  4. moey

    moey Minister of Fire

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    I don't have any model or brand recommendations, but I would suggest you get at least two and not of the same brand.
  5. iron stove

    iron stove Feeling the Heat

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    Ive always liked the models with a Digital readout, and battery backup. They usually have a 5-10 year life. Keep it across the room from the stove. The fly ash and pellet dust can have negative effects on the detector.

    And yes, always near a bedroom. That is where you spend majority of time in your house. And most CO calls im aware of seem to happen at night.
  6. Markus38

    Markus38 New Member

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    They now make one that also detects gas. I put this one next to my 4 ton hopper for bulk pellet storage.
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  7. Rowdysdad

    Rowdysdad New Member

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    Thanks, I appreciate all of the replys.
  8. Harvey Schneider

    Harvey Schneider Minister of Fire

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    There are many good brands out there. Whatever brand you choose, make sure that the detector is Electrochemical (most of the newer designs are). Electrochemical detectors give the best balance of long life, sensitivity, and low power consumption.
    I have three made by Kidde. They sit there and indicate zero all the time, but I have to assume that they are working. These units automatically indicate end of life (five years) for the detector. Battery life is three AA batteries per year. Amazon was running a 20% off sale recently.
  9. MarkF48

    MarkF48 Burning Hunk

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    I originally had my CO detector near the stove about 2 feet from the exhaust piping thinking that it would be optimal for early detection of a problem. The inspector for the permit had me move it to a location across the room. No explanation given.

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