My husband just bought a pro buddy kerosene space heater @ 175,000 BTU and keeps getting carbon monoxide poisoning. This is for his garage which is large enough to fit a tractor trailer in. The garage is not insulated and is one of the "tent", "greenhouse" types of garages. Is there any way to vent these types of heaters?
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Re: Carbon monoxide poisoning?
The problem is that it is burning up all the oxygen in the room. That is what makes the CO level high. He needs to either leave a door, or something open, and possible even a little fan to keep the Oxygen that is IN the room mixed. I figure he is working low, and there is not much air moving around him.
Get fresh air INto the room and the CO will not be a bother.
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Please shut down the furnace and find an alternate source of heat immediately!!! In older furnaces the heat exchanger goes bad it will crack or burn holes in it. You need to replace the exchanger and or furnace, there are no ands, ifs, or buts about it. This is nick named the silent killer for a reason people carbon monoxide poisoning is no joking matter. You need to ventilate the house well and get out in to fresh air, signs of carbon monoxide poisoning are light headed, feeling tired and some get sort of sick to your stomach. Look there is no price that can be put on a human life, and I do understand that this is bad timing with the holidays and all, but this problem requires immediate attention PLEASE!!
I am a little concerned here to hear this one, you should never smell anything from a hot water tank! Have you ever had the flue,or chimney checked out? Just a guess but being that this heater is two years old I would say it is a venting problem. Carbon monoxide poisoning comes to mind here, so please make sure you have a clean flue, good and adequate size exhaust pipe off the top and solid connection to the chimney/ exhaust vent.Might I also suggest a carbon monoxide detector in the area of this heater please! You do know that it is an odorless,yet silent killer and there is no price to great to save a life.
I grew up working for my electrical contractor father and we had kerosene heaters such as you have. Another thing, these units must burn kerosene, do NOT use diesel fuel or any other fuel in these heaters, it will not burn cleanly and some fuels might explode. We always used these heaters in a building in winter that was being constructed. By this I mean that there was always plenty of ventilation. We ALWAYS had enough air movement through the buildings to prevent CO poisoning. This is why I will advise you NOT to use this style of heater without there being a way for the fumes to exhaust out of the building. CO (carbon monoxide) bonds faster with your hemoglobin than oxygen does and you can DIE from this. CO poisoning takes months to get out of your system.
So, with a sealed building, I would say NO do NOT use this in your basement.
If you run a propane heater in an enclosed space, such as a garage, you can pass out and die from carbon monoxide poisoning - as well as just a lack of oxygen from running a high-power propane flame. Yes, I would say you are in Danger.
probably both and unburnt fuel also. when the unit ran out it still pumped a small quantity of fuel into the hot burner chamber where it turned to smoke and was expelled. carbon monoxide itself is odorless and what is normally referred to as c. o. odor are unburnt fuel products, some of which smell pretty strange.
are you using it in a closed room? you should be using it where there is air circulation. what's happening is the heater is using up oxygen and is producing carbon monoxide which is poisonous and if you are not careful IT WILL KILL YOU!
Use of these systems have been banned in some areas, so check with local authorities first. They present a higher fire risk then other type of heaters. Secondly always read the manufactures manuals for proper set up and operation. To answer your question all kerosene heaters emit a threatening amount of carbon monoxide. However an accurate combustion analysis performed by a licensed tech will tell you exactly how much regardless of what the manufacturer may claim. Also different types of kerosene will emit different levels. So definitely read the instructions. Best of luck!
Try running it outside where the oxygen level is 21%. Carbon Monoxide will kill you The smell might be the product if incomplete combustion CARBON MONOXIDE, or the fuel line pressure needs to be adjusted.
If you still get the smell the unit may defective. If you want to try adjusting the fuel line pressure, you will need a low pressure gauge 0-15 psi.remove a plug from the heater and set the pressure at the documented pressure, the other plug with the hole in it is the adjustment.