Smoky smell from pellet stove

Crys

New Member
Jun 22, 2020
5
Canada
Hey guys, hoping this is the right place to post. I own a quadrafire pellet stove which I haven't been using now for about a month due to the warmer weather here. Anyway, I come home today and I started to get a really smoky smell from the pellet stove, when it hadn't been burning? Does anyone know what this might be?
 

begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
82,728
South Puget Sound, WA
Could be negative pressure pulling air through the stove. Is this in the basement or lowest part of the house? Is there a whole attic fan running?
 

heat seeker

Minister of Fire
Feb 25, 2011
3,139
Northern CT
Have you give the stove its summer thorough cleaning?
 

Crys

New Member
Jun 22, 2020
5
Canada
Hey, thanks for the reply. The pellet stove is on the main level, there is a basement below. We have an attic but there isn't a fan running.
 

Crys

New Member
Jun 22, 2020
5
Canada
Hey, I hadn't yet as there were a few nights with a frost advisory but it didn't click on the stove. After I smelled it I vacuumed out the inside of the stove and the ash pan. It seems to have dissipated today. Just seems so strange as I've had this stove for 4 years now and this is the first time I've ever smelled that in the off season.
 

Crys

New Member
Jun 22, 2020
5
Canada
No oak. I'm assuming the downdraft may be the case?? It just seems odd as it is the first time I've ever smelled that and I've had the stove for 4 years. Would that mean there could be a leak in my gasket?
 

begreen

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Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
82,728
South Puget Sound, WA
Do you have a high powered kitchen fan? Or were multiple exhaust appliances running at the time (dryer, bath and kitchen fans)?
 

Crys

New Member
Jun 22, 2020
5
Canada
No other exhaust fans were running at the time. Apparently the person at a local shop said there is probably some creosote build up in the flu and with the humidity we've been having (we're in the middle of a heat wave) it could be sweating? Does this sound right? I cleaned the flu in mid January. And we've had summers like this before and I've never smelled it before.