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Problems with propane heaters, ret?
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deadcarp    Posted 01-29-2004 at 15:49:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
you mentioned something down below about ventfree heaters - was wondering what the problems were? we've used them in apt's and a cafe and have one here for backup - only problem i've ever had was that the spark lighter is cheaply made so i need to swizel the pilot light clean with a match-stick to keep it lit and minimize wear on that piezo thing.

ret    Posted 01-29-2004 at 19:39:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
you know, I was talked into it but that is not why I don't like it.It is a gas insert open flame as vent free are. It has a blower that really heats up the house quickly. However, within less than 5 minutes after I hit the switch to ignite it, I can smell the fumes , or exhaust if you will. I talked to those that had them and they said to leave it on for half a day to season it and get the logs burned clean of any newness. I done that. I was in paying my propane bill one day and they had a selection of fireplaces there. I asked them to light one up to see if it bothered me. The girl said she had one at home and it didn't bother her. Anyway, she lit one up and even though it was a very large office area, I went over to a corner and sure enough, I got the same odor I get at home. When I called the girl over that had one and had her stand next to me, she said she smelled it too. Mind you, this is not a cheap unit and they all pretty well work the same. I have even wondered if propane can smell different in different companies, but don't know. My daughter can walk in the house if it has been on and notice it immediately, as I can. I had a furnace igniter go out a month ago and used it for two days. Didn't seem to bad then, figured I got used to it a bit. However, when I left the house and went back in, it got to me right now.
I would have gotten rid of it a few years ago, but it is mounted behind a Va. stone front and I will have to be very careful getting it out with out chipping the front too much. Sorry to be so long winded. House is only 4 years old as is the heater

toolman    Posted 01-29-2004 at 21:22:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
i have a natural gas one like that ,only about 5 years old ,bet i haven,t run it 24 hours in 5 years, i get headaches, hate the smell of it too.

ret    Posted 01-30-2004 at 04:41:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Glad you said that, was wondering if I was too delicate after all these years to take a little gas smell. I guess a cooking gas stove has the burners adjusted so there is more complete combustion, hence the blue flame and hardly any odor.

TO35    Posted 01-29-2004 at 16:29:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thats the same trouble I have...but have learned to carry it to the shop and give it a good blowing out, clean the ingitor tip and presto...good for another season....


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