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Old 11-14-2017, 07:13 PM
 
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Do these always put off a smell in the home or should we be looking into something?
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Old 11-14-2017, 08:42 PM
 
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Do these always put off a smell in the home or should we be looking into something?
I've never had one that didn't have some sort of smell. Get a CO2 monitor though.
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Old 11-14-2017, 08:43 PM
 
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Of course without being there, I couldn't tell if it was normal or not. Our first house had a much stronger smell than our second house.
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Old 11-15-2017, 12:44 AM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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Is it diesel or gas fired? I don't think there should be any smell regardless. Supposed to exhaust outside not inside.
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Old 11-15-2017, 12:53 AM
 
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It seems like mine always gives off a faint diesel smell when it kicks on.
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Old 11-15-2017, 06:53 AM
 
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The issue of smell has not been previously addressed. Will be interesting to hear if this is normal.

Oil Heaters in Alaska?
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Old 11-15-2017, 08:12 AM
 
Location: annandale, va & slidell, la
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They are direct vent so naturally you'll smell the fuel type. Never bothered us. We've used a Corona DK for decades both indoors and in my shop. Some people are more sensitive or may be unnerved by such heaters, but if used safely should be of little concern.
Now, someone that lives in a superinsulated cocoon with no fresh air intrusion will speak of the dangers of carbon monoxide burning a fossil fuel indoors. No worse than burning wood indoors and smelling the pine or oak.
Take all advice with a grain of salt!
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Old 11-15-2017, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Anchorage
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They are direct vent so naturally you'll smell the fuel type.

Direct vent heaters exhaust combustion gases to the outside and you shouldn't smell the fuel or exhaust. Vent Free heaters exhaust into the room and if they are not burning properly you would smell fuel and be exposed to carbon monoxide. A lot of places have made vent free heaters illegal to install in a house.


We have a propane (not Toyo) direct vent heater in our cabin and you do not smell propane at all.
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Old 11-15-2017, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Back and Beyond
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Regardless of the smell, it's always a good idea to have a good carbon monoxide detector installed with any sort of fuel combustion heating device. Don't want to wake up dead.
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Old 11-15-2017, 07:39 PM
 
Location: interior Alaska
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I bet there's some diesel residue in or around it from servicing and whatnot, and that's becoming stronger when it heats up. A really thorough cleaning might reduce the problem. That diesel smell can hang around for a long time from even very small spills and drips.
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