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My ventless gas heater smells like kerosene..wont burn off? makes us sick !!! bad headaches,watery eyes..gas co came , said it wasnt the gas?...no matter how long it burns, wont go away,we have cleaned it also?...we r remodeling also..is it the stuff in air?...need help as it is getting cold in OHIO..

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Stuff in the air can make you very sick when it is burned, is it Natural Gas or LP? Sometimes you can get bad LP gas that will burn your eyes. I would open a window to get more fresh air and try to let it burn to get whatever is making the problem out of the air.

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    I would then check out what is in the air that the flame is burning to make the bad fumes.

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Stinging eyes and possibly a dry and scratchy throat sound more like a heater that is burning inefficiently and producing excessive amounts of soot and carbon monoxide and probably other foul and potentially dangerous substances in addition.

All heaters produce such gases and should not be used without ventilation but when a heater is in a good state of repair and burning efficiently the emissions and the ventilation required are minimal.

From your description it would seem something about your heater is faulty and you should not be using it until it has been checked and declared fit to be used, when you should find it no longer stinks or makes your eyes sting.

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