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Old 09-22-2013, 06:15 PM   #1
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Smell during first time heater startup

I've been running my furnace for the first time today (thanks to the first trip prep thread). It smoked really bad for about 15 minutes. The smoke has gone away, but there is a light smell like melting plastic. I've been running the heater with the windows open off and on during the day and it still smells. How long should it take before the smell goes away?
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Old 09-22-2013, 06:17 PM   #2
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Probably by the end of 1 day.
Set the thermostat up so the flame stays on to bake the rust preventive off.

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Old 09-22-2013, 07:41 PM   #3
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I believe ours took about 2 days with the thermostat cranked up. Good thing we did this before our first trip.. it really smelled.

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Old 09-22-2013, 08:35 PM   #4
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Thanks for the reminder. I need run mine before my next trip.

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I am glad I read this.
Had a popup for 9 years and just upgraded to a X17Z Hybrid.
Have not fired up the furnace yet.
Better do that before our first trip.
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Old 09-23-2013, 04:57 AM   #6
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Your furnace will stink every time you start it up after a long period of non-use even after you burn off the original coating of paint, oil, etc.. Dust, hair, insect carcasses, cobwebs, campfire fallout, all this stuff settles on the heat exchanger while you are enjoying the summer camping experience then in the fall, you fire it up and all that stuff burns off and stinks up the cabin. The home furnace does the same thing. I just test fire mine on one of the mild fall days with the windows open.
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happened with mine as well.... Then after we survived the smell the other two bad furnace doors opened up with heat was too much for our little floor space and the jet plane sound of the loud blower motor... Needless to say I am not a big fan of the OEM propane furnace heater in my OFF-ROAD POPUP. We very seldom turn it on now. A very quiet vented CAT propane heater or modified hot water heater heat system would be my choice for us...

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I am glad I read this.
Had a popup for 9 years and just upgraded to a X17Z Hybrid.
Have not fired up the furnace yet.
Better do that before our first trip.
Very good idea!!

We didn't know about the first time routine for furnaces and was waken at 1:00 a.m. to blaring smoke alarm going off...... That will get the ol' blood pumpin'!!
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We didn't know about the first time routine for furnaces and was waken at 1:00 a.m. to blaring smoke alarm going off...... That will get the ol' blood pumpin'!!
Oh yeah, 110%! Luckily we tried it out in the driveway while getting ready for an outing.
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A little smell on first burn and after a long summer rest is for sure normal BUT it is also a comforting feeling on that first frosty night on that late Fall outing. Noisy? Not so much on a TT but a bit more annoying in a popup. If you have a power hook up, we use a couple space heaters. If not, the onboard propane gets it done.
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