PU...what is that smell

PU...what is that smell

PostBy: tcalo On: Sun May 26, 2013 6:26 am

Good morning to all. A bit chilly here in New York, had to throw some wood in the cast iron beast. We've been burning in a Chubby Sr for the past 3 years and this odor still stumps me? Whenever I start a fresh wood fire I get a strong metal smell. This odor only lasts for about 15 minutes while the stove is heating up. Once it's up to operating temp then everything is fine. My guess is it's the metal heating up, but in that case wouldn't it smell all the time? I did trade in an older Chubby 2 years ago for a reconditioned model, but it seems to happen with both stoves. Oh well, just fishing for an answer! Have a safe holiday my friends. Thank you to all my fellow veteran brothers and sisters!
tcalo
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Chubby Coal Stove
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Re: PU...what is that smell

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sun May 26, 2013 6:47 am

Can't help you with the metal smell, but thanx right back at you my friend.
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Re: PU...what is that smell

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sun May 26, 2013 7:12 am

High stack temp. cooking the paint on the stovepipe is my guess.
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Re: PU...what is that smell

PostBy: tcalo On: Sun May 26, 2013 7:18 am

Rob R. wrote:High stack temp. cooking the paint on the stovepipe is my guess.


Good guess, but the stack only gets hotter as the stove heats up. The smell doesn't last that long.
tcalo
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Chubby Coal Stove
Coal Size/Type: Nut Anthracite

Re: PU...what is that smell

PostBy: kstone On: Sun May 26, 2013 8:31 am

The chubby stove is a mix off cast iron and steal.

You say it last for 15 min or so

Some possibilities

1 two different metals heating up at different rates possible matting surface gap ?

2 cast iron tend to hold moisture oil sap when it heated is it gassing off the surface contamination ( pollen sap dust oil), I have noticed this with cast iron pans when you haven't used them for while and first heat them you get the smells off previously cooked meals ? Bacon mostly?
You have a very nice stove I grew up with a chubby as primary heat I'm now cursed my ideas off comfortable house in the winter is 75 degrees lol
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Re: PU...what is that smell

PostBy: crazy4coal On: Sun May 26, 2013 8:44 am

Might be dust on the stove and pipe. Once it warms up, no smell
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Re: PU...what is that smell

PostBy: McGiever On: Sun May 26, 2013 10:07 am

crazy4coal wrote:Might be dust on the stove and pipe. Once it warms up, no smell


X2...
Dust vaporizing/burning off at higher temp. Same thing happens with electric air heaters when sitting idle a while and then turned on.
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Re: PU...what is that smell

PostBy: tcalo On: Sun May 26, 2013 10:10 am

crazy4coal wrote:Might be dust on the stove and pipe. Once it warms up, no smell


Good theory, but it happens everytime I light the stove...regardless of how long it sits. Thanks for all the input. Just one of those things I guess... :?
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Chubby Coal Stove
Coal Size/Type: Nut Anthracite

Re: PU...what is that smell

PostBy: KLook On: Sun May 26, 2013 10:31 am

I have smelled it many times from new stovepipe to new stoves. It is the oil on galv. stovepipe, not sure on cast iron but the paint on new stoves and the paint on black stovepipe. I think there may be a puddle of oil somewhere that is heating up. Seems unlikely. Fire it real hot for a longer spell and see if it can be burned off.

Kevin
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Re: PU...what is that smell

PostBy: tcalo On: Sun May 26, 2013 10:37 am

Maybe it's the stove polish?
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Re: PU...what is that smell

PostBy: cArNaGe On: Sun May 26, 2013 12:14 pm

^^^^^
Is your stove pipe Galvanized?
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Re: PU...what is that smell

PostBy: tcalo On: Sun May 26, 2013 12:33 pm

cArNaGe wrote:^^^^^
Is your stove pipe Galvanized?


I don't think it's galvanized. It's black stove pipe.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Chubby Coal Stove
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Re: PU...what is that smell

PostBy: VigIIPeaBurner On: Sun May 26, 2013 1:35 pm

Rob R. wrote:High stack temp. cooking the paint on the stovepipe is my guess.


I've run cast iron stoves for 34 years and get that smell everytime I start up. Cast Iron is porous and the pores fill up with whatever is around to absorb. Just like the comments about a heating up a recently unused cast iron pan, the moisture flashes out and smells like bacon. A wood fire carries a lot of heat quickly up into the chimney. The entire stove heats up quickly including the stovepipe. This large amount of quickly heating surface evaporates whatever is hanging out in the metals. For a few minutes, it's a pleasant reminder that I'm not burning oil. Trouble is, whenever the oil furnace fires off for the first time, I get a similar smell but that reminds me that I'll be lighting the Vigilant up really soon! :)
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Re: PU...what is that smell

PostBy: tcalo On: Sun May 26, 2013 1:58 pm

VigIIPeaBurner wrote:I've run cast iron stoves for 34 years and get that smell everytime I start up. Cast Iron is porous and the pores fill up with whatever is around to absorb. Just like the comments about a heating up a recently unused cast iron pan, the moisture flashes out and smells like bacon. A wood fire carries a lot of heat quickly up into the chimney. The entire stove heats up quickly including the stovepipe. This large amount of quickly heating surface evaporates whatever is hanging out in the metals. For a few minutes, it's a pleasant reminder that I'm not burning oil. Trouble is, whenever the oil furnace fires off for the first time, I get a similar smell but that reminds me that I'll be lighting the Vigilant up really soon! :)


Thanks for the lesson in cast iron VigII. I thought maybe my cat was lying too close to the darn thing and it was singed fur I smelled... :lol:
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