Bad Sulfur Smell

Re: Bad Sulfur Smell

PostBy: blrman07 On: Sat Mar 29, 2014 7:41 am

Wow he posted he had bad sulfur smell and you guys took off on the best brand of CO detectors? Can we get back to the OP original problem?

Rev. Larry
New Beginning church
Ashland Pa.
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Bucket a Day
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Vigilant Casting 2310
Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Wood in the VC and anything that will fit in the Bucket a Day. It's not fussy.

Re: Bad Sulfur Smell

PostBy: Lightning On: Sat Mar 29, 2014 8:28 am

Yeah this thread got skewed a bit. :lol: The original poster needs to update us if Flyer's advice helped..
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Overmodified/Bored out Clayton 1537
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Awesome Size

Re: Bad Sulfur Smell

PostBy: anthony7812 On: Sat Mar 29, 2014 8:30 am

Might sound silly to some but is the coal in your hopper wet?With my handfire, if I stuff it like a turkey (most days) with really wet coal, I get that pungent sulpher smell if I take my time closing the door back up. Usually only occurs with really wet coal for me anyways.
Stoker Coal Boiler: VanWert VA 400
Coal Size/Type: Buck/Anthracite

Re: Bad Sulfur Smell

PostBy: McGiever On: Sat Mar 29, 2014 9:03 am

Flyer5 wrote:Your chimney is not making enough draft to remove all of the combustion air. You can shut one burner down or limit the intake air on the combustion blowers to lower the over fire pressure. First indication of this is sweat on the inside of hopper. You should invest in a manometer or Magellanic.

This is spot on advice. :)
May not of reached the point of spilling out CO, but is only a thin line from doing so.
Should be spelled Magnehelic. ;)
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Coal Size/Type: PEA / ANTHRACITE
Other Heating: Ground Source Heat Pump
Stove/Furnace Make: Hydro Heat /Mega Tek

Re: Bad Sulfur Smell

PostBy: Carbon12 On: Sat Mar 29, 2014 9:06 am

Yup, when I had my hand fired, whenever I'd throw on a load of wet coal, the house suddenly got a sulfur, rotten egg smell. I always assumed it was water flashing to steam and carrying some volatiles into the room before I could close the loading door. CO monitors never twitched, however.
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite
Other Heating: Heat Pump/Forced Hot Air Oil Furnace

Re: Bad Sulfur Smell

PostBy: Lu47Dan On: Sat Mar 29, 2014 11:37 am

tjnamtiw wrote:
2001Sierra wrote:Oh, and people say that CO detectors only last 5 years so you might want to check the age on yours........

I believe the newer ones have a 7 year life, and have built in timers to notify the owner. The better ones like Kidde might be the only ones, they are the ones I use and one failed before it's life end and was replaced with no questions asked by them with information I gave them from the product labels, no receipt required.

Yep, I can attest to the alarm notifying you when it reaches 7 years old.
My smoke detectors are hardwired with battery back up, I spent two hours chasing the alarm on them only to find out that it was the CO detector aging out. :oops: :mad:
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