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Strange Smell from Propane Stove

Our Seward propane stove has been emitting a strange smell for quite some time now and I'm not sure what is causing it. The smell is hard to describe but it make our eyes water and our noses runny, almost like tear gas but to a lesser extent. We only get the smell with the oven - not the burners. What could be causing this?
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Has some sort of cleaner been spilled inside?
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Egg residue burning can smell of sulphur.

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Re: Strange Smell from Propane Stove

Is it pretty new, or has it been painted or repaired?
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Do you have a propane fume detector ?
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Re: Strange Smell from Propane Stove

Are you familiar with propane odor to know whether to rule it out?


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Re: Strange Smell from Propane Stove

propane itself is actually odorless, they use a "rotten egg" type odor additive for safety, may vary in different countries

like dyeing petrol
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Re: Strange Smell from Propane Stove

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propane itself is actually odorless, they use a "rotten egg" type odor additive for safety, may vary in different countries

like dyeing petrol
Good point, but the odor is still very identifiable. I don't believe the additive is actually sulfur, like rotten eggs, but it is foul like that. I've seen scratch and sniff cards to help identify it, as part of safety sessions. I bet local household propane dealers would have them, if the OP is unfamiliar. Of course, just pulling the hose off the bottle would let enough escape to smell it and compare.

If I had the OP's problem, I'd get an electric gas sniffer quickly. They aren't all that expensive.
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Re: Strange Smell from Propane Stove

Sounds like you are about to run out of propane. At least that is what I've noticed with the small 1 pound canisters.

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Re: Strange Smell from Propane Stove

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Sounds like you are about to run out of propane. At least that is what I've noticed with the small 1 pound canisters.
This is most likely the issue. The odorant in Propane, Ethyl Mercaptan, is less volatile than Propane, so it tends to become more concentrated in the cylinder as you reach the end. You probably notice it more in the stove than in the range because it is more confined.
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