yes, ours smelled also, had to go in and clean all the flaking coating off the insides, vacuum out. Not too bad now. Anyone re-paint with BBQ black coating? or just leave the inside kinda rusty color...I didn't cap my direct vent off, so I think some outside air would back feed into the house.
Just did all the pre-maintence (oil the motors, etc..) and getting ready for winter. I did clean it out after last season too and do the basic maintenacne. Just got 2 tons while the weather is nice. probalby get 1 more ton, we had 1/2 ton left.