Co-2 Alarms Going Off!!!

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Bruce M
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Post Mon. Oct. 15, 2012 5:01 pm

They just went off and it's good to know they work. With the warm weather that has come in I choked the stove and let the fire die this morning. FF to this afternoon and I go down to see that the fire is out and open the door, I assume that is when I let out all the CO-2 gasses out. I have four co-2 alarms, two hard wired one up and one downstairs by the stove and one each of the digital plug in's in the bedrooms. The hardwired alarms went off, presumably the one by the stove activated the alarm, and the digital ones in the bedrooms did not alarm but did show a reading off 37 PPM. I didn't read what the threshold for their alarms are, threw them out with the directions ;) . I think I want to get the digital type hardwired into the existing system, I don't like how the plug in's dangle out of the plug, there should be a screw that goes through the body and into the center screw of the outlet to hold in place securely.
Anyway make sure you have a good C0-2 alarm system in place BEFORE you fire up this year, mine works :) .

edit to add; of course I cleared out the house before sitting down to type this.

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Richard S.
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Post Mon. Oct. 15, 2012 6:11 pm

CO2 is carbon dioxide and normally associated with global warming. CO is carbon monoxide and usually associated with death from any heat that burns a fuel. Both can kill you in high enough concentrations but it's the CO that is the one the detectors detect because it is far more dangerous and more likely to happen.

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Post Mon. Oct. 15, 2012 6:26 pm

lol my gaff. :bop: :bop: :hammer:

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Richard S.
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Post Mon. Oct. 15, 2012 6:29 pm

Don't worry about, I know the difference and sometimes type the wrong thing. :D

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Lightning
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Post Mon. Oct. 15, 2012 6:47 pm

You might oughta get a manometer to monitor your draft partner :D
Its one of the best investments I've made ;)

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Post Mon. Oct. 15, 2012 6:56 pm

Glad all is well and everyone is ok.
Detectors are cheap compared to the loss one could sustain, thanks for sharing the experience.

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Post Mon. Oct. 15, 2012 7:52 pm

I'm glad everythings ok and you understand the cause.

I have given consideration to having an alarm system installed which would include CO monitoring. It would make me sleep better, the peace of mind that is, not the carbon monoxide! ;)

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Post Mon. Oct. 15, 2012 7:59 pm

I had mine go off in the middle of a January night for real. My vent pipe had filled with fly ash to about 60% or so. My first year burning. Scared the crap out of me. They are an invaluable piece of equipment no matter how you heat your home. Glad this was just a test run, so to speak, for you.

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Post Mon. Oct. 15, 2012 9:28 pm

NWBuilder wrote:I had mine go off in the middle of a January night for real. My vent pipe had filled with fly ash to about 60% or so. My first year burning. Scared the crap out of me. They are an invaluable piece of equipment no matter how you heat your home. Glad this was just a test run, so to speak, for you.
I feel your pain man :o I haven't had mine warn me but, I did wake a couple times to the sulfury smell of coal gas and had readings on my CO alarms.. I opened all the doors and let the air completely exchange in the house which brought them back to 0 immediately.

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