If a stove develops an unpleasant smell when it is being fired, you are definitely doing something wrong. Correct burning of solid fuels is the only way to create a pleasant and lightly crackling fire in the stove without any health risks.
Strong odor development when burning a wood-burning stove
If there are unpleasant and strong smells when burning a wood-burning stove, something is usually being done wrong. It is true that odors are always produced when a fuel is heated up strongly. However, this usually has rather harmless reasons such as the following:
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- when using the stove for the first time
- after a longer standing time
Odors when first started up or after a long period of inactivity
If there is an unpleasant smell the first time a stove is fired, this is due to the release of volatile components from the stove's coating. Components on the seals or lubricants can also lead to unpleasant odors. However, this is a one-time process that should be over after a few hours. It is best not to be in the room during this time and to ensure that there is good ventilation. However, it is very important that the temperature required for combustion is reached during this first heating process. Please also refer to the operating instructions for your stove. Even if the room is not used for a long time, unpleasant smells can arise, but these should also disappear again after a short time. These are mostly burnt or heated dust particles, some of which cause unpleasant smells.
Other reasons for pleasant smells when operating the stove
Often it is the wrong fuel, such as damp wood or pieces that are too large, or other fuels that do not belong in the stove. Very often the stove is throttled too much, which can create a lot of smoke. In addition, soot and tar deposits are created, which can impair the stove and also cause unpleasant smells. Only use wood with a residual moisture content of less than 20 percent. You can measure the residual moisture with a simple measuring device that can be bought at a hardware store for little money. Avoid throttling the chimney too much, as this can damage the chimney.