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Slight smoke smell

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by xbillyx, Sep 28, 2009.

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  1. xbillyx

    xbillyx New Member

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    There is a slight smoke smell when running the pellet stove. I assume this is normal because I am burning wood. Or, are you supposed to smell nothing at all inside?

    I can smell wood/smoke a little. It's not bad or anything, just a faint smell.

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  2. xbillyx

    xbillyx New Member

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    Really, no smell at all?

    My pellet stove vents outside through a wall.

    What is the exhaust flue?

    My pellet stove just had its yearly service done a few days ago.
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    The technician had already put a bunch of high heat aluminum tape on the exhaust flue piping. I just added some more around all joists/bends/connections. I'll see how it works out tonight.

    Thanks.
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    I always have a very slight smoke smell on startup.
  5. xbillyx

    xbillyx New Member

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    I have a continuous slight smoke/wood smell. It's faint but it's there.

    When you stick your face by the blower (where all the hot air comes out into the room) should you be able to smell a faint wood smell?
  6. slls

    slls Minister of Fire

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    When I first ran my pellet stove I smelled smoke, there was a leak a the first pipe connection, red silicone fixed that.

    Never smelled smoke again, you have a leak.
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    imacman Guest

    I agree....I had a slight leak last year when I first hook-up my Astoria, but fixed that....never smelled anything after that.
  8. geek

    geek Minister of Fire

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    hmmm, will need to check my englander piping....
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    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    I also agree, It should not smell in the house.

    I used a drop light while the stove was running to find my leaks. High temp silicone or Aluminum tape will fix it. Aluminum tape on the joints you need to remove later(Cap on clean out tee ect). I checked every joint very close. you will see it.
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    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    I mean stove burning fuel running. Dime the lights in the room and use a drop light and closly inspect the pipe. Trust me you will see the slightest smoke wisping from a leak.
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    mark d fellows New Member

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    I always have a slight smell when the stove starts up. Use High temp black RTV(available at any auto store) on all edges, and couplings.

    Mark
  12. GVA

    GVA Minister of Fire

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    Do like JT said
    Shut lights off and take a flashlight and inspect the joints in the pipe (at startup when the chamber is full of smoke is the best time).


    Hopefully the neighbors don't call the police when they see the flashlight..... :lol:
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    I just did a test. I turned off the lights and turned on the pellet stove. I took a flashlight to it and inspected the pipes. I didn't see any smoke. The only thing I noticed was some air coming out the back but it felt cool. I'm assuming this is a fan to help with controlling the heat of the unit. There were a few pet hairs on the aluminum tape that connects to the unit. I noticed them moving around a bit but I didn't see any smoke.
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