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Old 12-09-2009, 12:38 AM   #1
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Using gas stove for heat during remodel

I've replaced all the hot, cold, gas, sewer, in my house. I haven't setup the heat yet and I've been using a gas stove for heat. Because of the weather, it might be a while before I hook up a furnace.
Is there a health hazard doing this? I usually use a gas wall furnace, but it's not hooked up and I'm trying to get a new attic based furnace.

The gas stove is unvented (free standing unit) and runs all day/nite because the house is block and won't warm up otherwise. The house is far from air tight, as I've tore off some of the roof and still have openings where the sewer lines run to the outside.
Is there a detector of some type that might tell me if the air is not good?

Thanks, KarlJay


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Old 12-09-2009, 12:52 AM   #2
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Heck I do. I also get a large stock pot and put it on the stove full of water that generates heat plus puts moisture in the air. I also use those cheap $20 space heaters you can get at Homer.


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Old 12-09-2009, 05:02 AM   #3
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Get CO2 detectors. But they aren't reliable. It is a dangerous way to heat your house. Gas ranges can put out large amounts of CO.
Enough to make you sick, or kill you.

Low level CO poisoning is often not recognized by people for what it is.
Slightly scratchy throat, mild headaches, running nose, sinus problems.
Are all symptoms of low level CO poisoning.

Often people just think they are catching a cold.
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Besides the possibility of CO, it burns oxygen form the air. Even if the house is tight, you could have high levels of CO2, not good.
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Not a good idea, get a CO detector as stated
Where are you located - how cold is it where you are ?
Big difference trying to warm a house up in Tx VS Maine
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Old 12-09-2009, 08:33 PM   #6
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I'm in Sacramento, CA. We've had mid 20's the last 2 nights. I run the oven and 2 burners non stop and leave the door open for about 1 hour / day to air things out. I think I get the pipes in to re-hook up the old wall furnace.
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Old 12-10-2009, 05:41 AM   #7
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Carbon monoxcide, not carbon dixocide detector or two for sure and do learn the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisioning! Get out of the house at the first signs. You will get few warnings and it is odorless.

A freestanding, unvented, gas stove, used as the sole heating source for house 24/7 sounds pyschotic or suicidal and even a tad scary to me.

If you don't have electricity, why not get just one or two temporary circuits to the electrical to the box? How are you powering tools that are not cordless and lights and things? Have the inspector approve the temporary service to the the outlets you snake to the house somewhere.

Lived in Northern California for decades. I know it gets cold at night but in Sacramento seldom ever below 45 days at any time? Ground never freezes. Windchills here sunk to -12 this morning. We wear long johns and extra sweatshirts when we work over the winter on homes and building with limited heat. Just a subtle hint.

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Old 12-15-2009, 03:18 PM   #8
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Code does not require a vent for a residential gas stove in California. The hood is designed to contain a stove top fire when the cook top is near cabinets. All the over the cooktop microwave units are designed so that the exhaust can be feed through a filter and directly back into the kitchen and there is no code violation in doing so and no manufacturer would enable this is it was likely to result in deaths and costly lawsuits.

CO is a problem from furnaces that are not operating properly or people using charcoal to heat their homes (not uncommon with the utilities having shut off power to more than a quarter of a million homes so far this year in California alone).


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