coal smell

coal smell

PostBy: jkabdoors On: Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:07 am

Hi everyone. Last weekend my buddy installed a Harman Mag stoker and with your help it is burning just fine Thanks Again. The new problem is the strong coal smell lately. I am new this year to the coal family and so is he, i have a l.l. Pocono with a power vent and was installed by a dealer. We sorta coppied that but took a wood stove out and replaced it with a stoker. Is there something we are missing? or should he call a service tech he is going to get a co dec today Help Jeff
jkabdoors
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Leisure Line
Stove/Furnace Model: Pocono

Re: coal smell

PostBy: jrn8265 On: Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:10 am

If you are smelling that dreaded egg smell shut down the stove at once until you can measure your draft and ensure you have a good one! Sounds like your draft is bad and CO is leakin into the house. Not something to play with. Shut her down.
jrn8265
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker Koker
Stove/Furnace Model: Koker 160

Re: coal smell

PostBy: titleist1 On: Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:15 am

Shut it down and open some windows to air it out until he gets a CO detector in place.

It could be that he doesn't have the combustion fan plate closed far enough and he is blowing more air into the stove than the exhaust pipe can get rid of so it is leaking out into the room. That can be adjusted, but he should wait until he has a CO detector before firing it up again.
titleist1
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman Mag Stoker (old style) one in basement, one in workshop
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III on standby for long power outages
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite; Nut/Anthracite


Re: coal smell

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:18 am

On warm days with low draft it may pay to crack a window open in the room the appliance is in.
coaledsweat
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260M
Coal Size/Type: Pea

Re: coal smell

PostBy: carlherrnstein On: Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:59 am

Are there any trees or buildings around your house that could cause the wind to blow down the flu? Can we see a picture?
carlherrnstein
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: combustioneer model 77B
Coal Size/Type: pea stoker/Ohio bituminous

Re: coal smell

PostBy: Rob R. On: Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:32 am

jkabdoors wrote:or should he call a service tech he is going to get a co dec today Help Jeff


If he has no CO detector he should immediately shut the stove down. Get someone in with the proper equipment to adjust the draft and properly setup the stove.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Coal Size/Type: Rice/buck
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: coal smell

PostBy: jpen1 On: Wed Feb 15, 2012 8:12 pm

Shut down the stove immediately as you have a very serious and potentially deadly problem :shock: . CO is nothing to mess around with as it is a colorless and odorless deadly gas. No coal appliance should ever be operated in a home without at least 2 CO detectors. One should be placed in the room with the stove and opne outside the sleeping area. What you are smelling is sulfur dioxide which is another by product of the combustion of coal. THis flue should never be present in the home and signals you have low draft situation which can be caused by a number of things ranging from to much combustion air, an incorrectly set baro damper to a poor drafting chimney. If you don't have access to a manometer (draft gauge), then you need to call in a professional. Was the chimney cealned after the wood burner was removed, if not that would be a start. However the draft needs to be set with a gauge for proper operation.
jpen1
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Leisure Line
Stove/Furnace Model: 110 Boiler

Re: coal smell

PostBy: WissaMan On: Mon Feb 20, 2012 11:17 pm

And I'll add....get a CO gauge that has a peak CO display
WissaMan
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman Magnum (MK1) w/ PC control
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: Magnum