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I'm renting a live/work space 25' x 25' with 15' cathedral ceiling and 42" knee walls. The owner bought new a Jotul B Vent Allagash, but installed it himself with the help of a plumber friend. The installation involves an extension 7" beyond the knee wall into the room because the alcove that houses the vent doesn't offer enough clearance. The extension measures 22" horizontally then elbows up into the vent that extends several feet above the slanted roof, but not beyond the peak. The extension appears to conform to the Jotul manual criteria for alternative installation configurations. I have pics. The stove hasn't worked properly since they installed it and converted it to propane. The owner claims he can only get it to work if he "bypasses a sensor". Prior to that, the stove would cut out after 20 mins - 2 hrs or get very sooty. Propane isn't supposed to generate soot, right? Also, the slight smell of gas worried me. With the bypass, it seemed to work well enough but at some point the smell became very strong and I shut off the gas at the valve in a panic. In retrospect, the tank could have been low at that point. I haven't dared fire it up since. The owner refuses to have the shop where they bought the stove send a service technician unless they agree to a free visit upfront. The store won't agree to that until they take a look. The independent service techie that I described the situation to thinks the installation may be the issue. In the meantime, as the tenant, I am COLD and running up the elec bill with a space heater and the landlord thinks I should pay!!! What to do???

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  • tinawendon Apr 29, 2010

    Wow, thank you SO much!!

  • tinawendon Apr 29, 2010

    Great idea, I'll do it tomorrow! The landlord purchased a smoke detector but never got around to installing it!

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Can't tell you what to do, but I will tell you this. I have a propane "ventless" gas fireplace. It was installed by my building contractor. From day 1 it produced fumes and soot. After about an hour, the flame would actually go out. I got ********** one day and started riping into it. I found a plate that was not adjusted correctly. Basically the fire wasn't breathing. So, with that said... I believe it's the installation. It sounds just like it's doing the same thing, sufficating. As far as the Landlord... have a lawyer contact him. That should be all it takes.

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    Adam Halfhill Apr 29, 2010

    Also, for safety. Regardless of the outcome... get a CO monitor installed. Ventless or not, if it's burning fuel, it's creating gases. Be safe and protect yourself.

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