So I got a Drolet HT-3000 and put in a new Duravent chimney (with single-wall Durablack to the class-a transition) a few months ago, and I've probably burned... Oh, about 10 times in it since I got it. I figured the paint smell would be long gone by now, but alas that has not been the case. Every time I fire it up, without fail, the familiar horrid chemical aroma fills the air, sets off one of the smoke alarms even!
I'm wondering if maybe I could clean the outside of the pipe and stove when it's cold, maybe there's some lingering incompletely combusted paint oils, something...?
The strangest thing to me is that the stink happens, without fail, when the stove reaches about 300 on top, and then it dissipates shortly thereafter. It's like the stove has a hangover and it's puking, and then it gets its chit together and has another drink and it's okay.
Anyone else deal with this?
ah the old hair of the dog method of hangover cures. I have to say after having a bloody mary a couple months ago after an all nighter with neighbors, I actually prefer a different method. Eggs for breakfast, then an (ahem) visit to the rest room. Shower, then Im good (with coffee in hand and both eyes open finally).
So, I have a new cast iron vermont castings. It's at a weekend / summer venue. I love it (and hate it). One of the things that bothers me is the smell. It's not a strong chemical smell, it's more of a warm metal smell with a hint of some chemical/paint , something. It is super noticeable after you go outside for awhile in the crisp mountain air, then come into a 75 degree room with this smell.
The first two-three times I ran my stove, I literally could see smoke pouring from every surface of the stove and pipe. My dbl wall duravent stove pipe gets HOT near the stove, then warm, then a bit warmer again as you go up toward the ceiling support or the elbow. I think that stove pipe is going to ooze smell for awhile to be honest because it likely never gets warm enough to really burn stuff off quickly enough. I tried to clean my pipe, ceiling support as much as I could before install, but there are a LOT of manufacturing oils. The ceiling support box had like 1/4" of grease around where they seal the chimney>dbl connector.
My stove gave off alot of smoke as well. It's nothing you can see now at all, but it's still giving off stuff. Ive never gotten it that very hot, into the danger zone as Im trying to learn to manage the stove temps. As one person replied to me, you have to adjust before it gets out of wack. So for example if I see the stove top temps rising quickly and Im already mid level for heat range, I quickly back it off to avoid going above say...600. One time I did this too late, and had too many smaller splits in, had both the damper and air adjustment wide open and the stove reached just shy of above 650. That's when I found the smell even more noticeable.
To combat this somewhat, I put an air purifier with a high level hepa filter w/ ionizer and UVC light (non ozone creating) into this area. It is made to automatically ramp up the air speed when it detects more particulates. It doesnt really ramp up too high unless I let smoke pour into the place. Then it ramps up to super turbo mode and cleans the air within 30 minutes. You should look into something like this, then put it in your bedroom there after. I really feel like it has helped our air quality while sleeping and feel slightly better in the morning than I used to.