nortcan wrote:I have 2 bases burners, one almost new from 1874 and the second one from around 1905 and never had any smelt. The chimney's draft is a first thing to check if having some inside the house odors.
Its like the whistle of the train passing your house... you dont notice it after awhile (but your guests surly know you are burning something their). Unless those 100 year old beauties have been refurbished it is highly unlikely they are truly air tight. These stoves are screwed and glued together and no way does that glue last 100 years. This is not to say that i dont think these classics are bad (I love them!), but a couple differences with a solid welded steel stove is maintenance and yes smell (however minimal it may be, it will be more minimal with the solid welded stove).