how long does that new stove smell last?

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jack_90125

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Jan 9, 2011
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NE Iowa
probably been burning after break in fires since october.and even continuous days at times.stove has been 650 plus numerous times and it still has that metal smell at even 500 degrees.right now it is at 550 but still smells. is my stove rotten and should I return it or is there hope yet?
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Dakotas Dad

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Mar 19, 2009
1,498
Central Kentucky
Hmmm... I know we had curing paint smell everytime we hit a new high temp. We get some "dust burning off" smells at the start of the season.. like right now.. but thats it.
 

gerry100

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May 16, 2008
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NY Capitol Region
The smell lasts until the temperature drives off all of the volatiles in the paint ( "curing").

Based on your post, it seems you've had plenty of heat history ( my stove took a few weeks of steady burns)

You may just have a heavy paint coat that wasn't cured at the factory.

Hopefully the smell is diminishing and will be gone soon
 

Backwoods Savage

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Feb 14, 2007
27,812
Michigan
Jack, if you also put in new flue pipe, that could be the cause of the smell rather than the stove. We had this happen one time. Found out that it is not common but it does happen. Fellow told me if it didn't clear up he'd just give us a new one. It did finally clear up but we certainly were wondering.
 
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jack_90125

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Jan 9, 2011
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NE Iowa
ok thanks for the info.di not think we have hit new highs since then.oh well will wait it out I guess.
thanks all
 

Nick Mystic

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Feb 12, 2013
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Western North Carolina
You didn't say anything about how the stove is installed. Is this a new stove with new stove pipe and a ss flex liner all the way to the top of your chimney? Is there any chance that something other than the stove or exposed stove pipe could be producing what you are smelling. I have a sensitive nose and always make a point of locating the exact source of any smell that I can't readily identify.
 

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
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After a 3-4 hot fires there should be no smell. Was anything used to caulk the pipe joints like RTV sililcone?
 

embers aplenty

Burning Hunk
Mar 17, 2011
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East Tennessee
My Quadrafire Yosemite had this problem when it was new. I never could get the lid on top of the stove to cure out. It was fine with the lid removed but real stinchy when up to temp with it on. I even laid the lid on top of my old garage Grandma Fisher with it on overfire all one weekend and still couldn't get it to cure.

Depending on what stove you have, if your top lid is removable, take it off and give it a try to see if it helps.

I ended up having to have my lid bead blasted clean top and bottom and just repainted the top with Thurmalox, which is the factory paint for my stove. The stinch went away. Must have been some bad paint that wouldn't cure out. We were getting headaches really bad. Wife went to her mothers to avoid the stinch. I can feel your pain.
 

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
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You point out another scenario if the smell is coming from the stove. Sometimes stoves are painted at the factory with an improper condition or paint formula. When that happens the paint never cures. This would be a warranty issue. It's rare, but we have seen it here before.
 

Charles1981

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Feb 19, 2013
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Michigan
I over fired twice. Smelled a sharp metallic smell. I'm thinking it was my catalyst. Does your stove have a catalyst? Is is possible it has overfired at all?
 
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