PU...What Is That Smell

Modern and vintage hand fired coal stove are similar to a wood stove and in some cases can burn either. They need to be regulated and fed by hand usually every 12 to 24 hours depending on your usage. They require no power to operate making them ideal for rural settings with long power outages.
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Post 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!

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Post 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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Post Sun. May. 26, 2013 7:12 am

High stack temp. cooking the paint on the stovepipe is my guess.

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Post 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.

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Post 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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Post 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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Post 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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Post 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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Post 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.

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Post Sun. May. 26, 2013 10:37 am

Maybe it's the stove polish?

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Post Sun. May. 26, 2013 12:14 pm

^^^^^
Is your stove pipe Galvanized?

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Post 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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Post 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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Post 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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