I have a log fire place with a glass door , what I am find is if we start the fire with hard wood we don't seem to have this problem , but if I start the fire with any other wood that is laying around to start the fire you can get a smell coming from the fireplace then it sets of the smoke alarms ,I think it's the carbon monxicde alarm in them that goes off, as you can't smell smoke or see smoke .Do you know what is cause if this or how to fix or find where it might be coming from. Windows all got closed at around 10PM. The soot build up is certainly indicating poor combustion. Hope this helps. The best way to keep your family safe from CO is common sense and regular maintenance. Do you have a CO Detector in that room where the fireplace is? Hi we have just moved into a new house which has a combustion heater. Perhaps the biggest of those risks is carbon monoxide. My question is how long should I wait to close the flue once I turn the gas off to allow all of the harmful gases to release? We have a baby and toddler, can you please tell me any precautions with this and how to care for it. The heater you are referencing, is it a wood heater? Operate all space heaters in a well-ventilated area. Use it outside. If smoke is leaking out, carbon monoxide could be, too. How to Prevent Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning. We have had no issues. To answer your question: Yes, there is a potential correlation between the smell from your chimney and the CO levels. What is a normal CO level from the chimney of a pellet stove. . It can also explain why your smoke detector is triggered. Store your generator outside. Also, I have found that putting wood in your stove on the coals and leaving it closed up causes the wood, @ Mrs Jess Williams Hi Mrs Williams, Normally, these by-products are vented to atmosphere by a chimney system, vent pipe or exhaust system. The type of equipment or the type of fuel doesn’t matter. you have missing or loose furnace panels. Your health can deteriorate very quickly. In the meantime, it would be best not to use your fireplaces. These by-products include carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, water vapor and other particulate matter. https://welovefire.com/fireplaces/six-reasons-why-your-fireplace-smells-bad/. @ martyn Hi Martyn thank you so much. By breathing in CO fumes, your body replaces the oxygen in your red blood cells with carbon monoxide. Gas ovens, grills, cars and other machines that burn fuel can release the fumes if they’re broken or used the wrong way. It means the coals are at room temperature and no trace of smoke is produced anymore. We had a regular wood burning fireplace. Everyone is at risk. I know that the flue must stay open before starting the fire until you turn the gas off. . Thanks for reaching out. The 30-minute reference is the safe side. CO detectors are also available for campers, motorhomes and boats. I have had them for four years and never had a problem with soot building up on the logs until this year. Most days I start the fire place aroound midnight after the fireplace coals are ready to add more wood I put on sometimes good size hard wood logs but it's no smell or problem then . Your problem could be related to your chimney needing a good cleaning or maybe repair. After you shut off the gas, it should not take long for 'fumes' to cool down. It was in my house when I purchased it. you notice loose masonry material on the roof or on the ground. The reason we keep it on is we have two dogs that sleep in the lounge room as we wanted them to stay warm! Good morning Chris
. Be sure the CO detectors meet the Underwriter Laboratories (UL) safety standards. Carbon monoxide is produced when fuels such as wood, gas, charcoal, kerosene, and oil are burned. Having a good supply of air to the room where the stove is fitted is important to ensure your appliance operates efficiently. Good morning. An improper installation or poorly maintained equipment can put your loved one’s lives in danger.