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tibberous 01-29-2012 03:43 PM

Gas fireplace smells like kerosene ?
For some reason my fireplace smells like kerosene. I'm painting, but not really near the fireplace, and the smell doesn't seem to be near the paint.

Any idea why I'd be smelling kerosene all of a sudden? Only thing I can figure is maybe the paint is giving off vapors that don't smell until they hit the fire?

I shut off the fireplace, but it's still really weird.

oh'mike 01-29-2012 04:27 PM

That happens a lot when I'm using oil based poly---the oven will do it too.

Makes you realize how much nasty stuff we are breathing---

user1007 01-29-2012 04:47 PM

Hopefully your are drafting even a gas fireplace?

Got a small glass? Just a reminder lesson coming. Put an inch of water and inch of salad oil in it. I hope you see what I always do. Oil is on top right? It is lighter than the water?

Same with the atomized vapors from either. The draft from the fireplace is catching those from the oil paint first, faster and before water vapors in the room. And it is combusting them. The result is the odor you smell.

Has to happen this way.

If it really bothers you. Close the damper. Keep the fireplace off until you are done. If it has a pilot light, kill that too.

Need a lava lamp by the way? This is where the originals came from and one company still makes them. Take about really cool use of floating oils in heavier solids. Of course I own hundreds.

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