CHEMICAL SMELL FROM STOVAX STOCKTON 5

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captainmouselung

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May 9, 2019
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Hi,

have has a Stovax Stockton 5 for a couple of years now and we use it less and less due to the chemical smell that comes off it.

Still not sure if it's the initial paint smell, which was super strong when we had it, but surely that should get better over time, not worse.

I had a mate round recently who fits stoves and he couldn't believe the smell off it. He came and tested it with his own kiln dried wood to be sure it was done right, and it smelled as bad as it does when I burn wood and coal on it.

It's seriously overpowering and stopping me firing it up anymore, as it affects my asthma.

Anyone have any ideas on what this could be?

My thoughts are either:

1) Paint from the stove which has inexplicably never cured. But have had many hot fires over the years and the smell is getting worse rather than better, so doesn't make sense surely?

2) Something inside, some kind of residue maybe?

But surely the idea of these fires is that, unless you open the door, the smells stay locked inside??

If this isn't the case and it could be from inside, there are a few things it could be maybe...

* Have occasionally used paraffin firelighters, which is probably not advised, although the Stovax site says to use firelighters.
* We use a chemical cleaner for the inside glass, which is made for that purpose.
* The wood isn't always kiln dried, but always pretty damn dry.
* Maybe the coal/Smokeless fuel is leaving some kinds of chemical deposits.

And maybe one of these or a combo of these has created some kind of residue inside that's making this smell, but like I said pretty sure the smell is supposed to stay inside???

Either way would love any ideas on how to get to the bottom of it and move forward, as thinking of switching to gas if I can't sort it!!!

Thank you v much!

Mark
 
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BigJohnfromCT

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Dec 29, 2012
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Danbury, CT
You wrote, "The wood isn't always kiln dried, but always pretty damn dry.
* Maybe the coal/Smokeless fuel is leaving some kinds of chemical deposits."



Captain, this forum is pretty much for pellet stove owners. You might get some answers if you repost in the wood stove forum. Good luck.
 

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
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Closing thread, not a pellet stove.
 
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