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Old 10-17-2011, 04:25 PM
 
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Hi Everyone,

My husband and I live in Upstate New York and decided to get a wood stove to reduce our heating costs. The problem is that I don't like the smoky smell that the wood stove makes. What can be done about that smell?

My husband has been boiling some aromatic spices in a big pot in the kitchen, and that does help a little, but I don't like the idea of leaving a pot on the stove for a long time. Is there anything we can buy to take away the smell.

Thank you.

Galee
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Old 10-17-2011, 04:36 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Is there anything we can buy to take away the smell.
A central heating system will do it.
I like Columbia boilers and copper slant fin baseboards best.
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Old 10-17-2011, 05:19 PM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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You could ask the company that sold you the stove. There is a chance that your flue or chimney does not draft properly. Maybe the company could give you the name of an expert? You could also try calling a masonry supply company and asking them - they should be able to give you the name of a professional.
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Old 10-17-2011, 06:00 PM
 
Location: The Cascade Foothills
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I agree that there is likely something not working properly and that it should be checked. I have very little smoke or smokey smell that gets into my house, even when I've got the door open. In fact, I just had the door open so I could put another piece of wood on the fire and I don't think any smoke at all came out. And when I do get smoke in the house, that usually means my chimney needs to be brushed out - a fairly easy chore, unless your roof has a steep pitch. The brushes are available at your local hardware store and you can use pvc pipe to get the length you need.

Personally, I like the wood smoke smell I get when I'm outside.

I have only wood heat.
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Old 10-17-2011, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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For me, the sole reason for heating with wood is for the wood smoke smell.
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Old 10-18-2011, 09:44 AM
 
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Agree with TabulaRasa. If you're going to burn wood, you are going to get a wood smoke smell. 99% of our heat (live in Montana at the top of the Rockies, a month of -20 temps are not unusual) is from woodheat. We do have propane heat but our tank only needs refilling about every two years.
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Old 10-18-2011, 01:19 PM
 
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Two things to check.
Is the box deep enough? A narrow box can let smoke in.
Is the chimney tall enough outside? If not it will not give a good draft.
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Old 10-18-2011, 07:49 PM
 
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Thank you all for your responses. Just to clarify, we do have central heating, but we want to use the wood stove on especially cold days.

Really, I was wondering if there's any kind of air purifier that could eliminate the wood smoke smell. I will have the chimney checked out as you have recommended.

Thank you.

Galee
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Old 10-18-2011, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Went around the corner & now I'm lost!!!!
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Thank you all for your responses. Just to clarify, we do have central heating, but we want to use the wood stove on especially cold days.

Really, I was wondering if there's any kind of air purifier that could eliminate the wood smoke smell. I will have the chimney checked out as you have recommended.

Thank you.

Galee
Ecoquest Air Purifiers but they are expensive but works very well. The house smells like a rain storm has past. It is self contained 8X6X10 inch box and filters have to cleaned once a month and replaced so you don't have to buy filters.
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Old 10-18-2011, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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If you chimney is clean enough and tall enough, you should not have any significant smoke in the house. Although, I agree that the slight smoky smell is part of the experience, like the 2-stroke oil smoke of an outboard motor as you head out to fish.

Probably the 2 smells that I like the best.
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