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Superpack 12-17-2009 04:48 AM

Using gas stove for heat..
I have restored all the hot, cold, gas, gutter, in my house. I have not setup the heat up till now and I have been using a gas stove for heat. The gas stove is unvented (free standing unit) and runs all day/nite because the house is block and won't warm up otherwise. I usually use a gas wall furnace, but it's not hooked up and I'm trying to get a new attic based furnace. Is there a health hazard doing this? And is there a detector of some type that might tell me if the air is not good?


travelover 12-17-2009 06:48 AM

Let me google that for you

Carbon monoxide, room oxygen depletion, damage to stove, fire danger :eek:

anie973 12-18-2009 12:11 AM

yes, there could be serious health health hazard with the depletion of fresh air as well as fire danger due to this.

handyguys 12-18-2009 10:57 AM

Are you talking about a cooking stove? Please get your heater hooked up safely and get a carbon monoxide detector.

Mikeman 12-18-2009 12:57 PM

The furnace should be vented but cook tops do not need to be vented at all. Microwave ovens designed for use over a cooktop all have a provision for forcing the air through a filter and then back out into the room. Above a stove some provision needs to be made for stove top fires but that is completely different from a requirement for venting the cooktop.

CO is a legitimate concern with a gas furnace or wood stove where there can be incomplete combustion but not with a cooktop.

handyguys 12-21-2009 07:53 AM

Agreed that cooktops do not need to be vented. BUT, you have to agree that they are not intended to be run for 20 hours a day as a heater and that the CO output is very different.

lou19604 12-21-2009 08:20 PM

ok thats ghetto I know i did that growing up However we only did that during the night, not run it consistently . space heaters are safer.

frozenstar 12-22-2009 12:20 AM

Wow. I never tried using stove for heat. :eek: And I really believe there's some serious damage to health if you use that.

lou19604 12-22-2009 02:25 AM

gas stove has 5- 10 ppm of carbon monoxide cigarete SMOKE EXHALED has 20 ppm.

So yeah if you had a 3 room apt and slept next to the gas stove every night in about 5 years you may get a headache.


SERIOUSLY if you use gas heat its pretty much the same GAS gives off 5-10 ppm
UNLESS you have a serious air scrubber system your gonna get exposed.


rebecca16 12-22-2009 04:14 AM

There will not be any problem if you use just for cooking purpose and not as a heater, because for cooking you will take less time and the stove will not run continuously.

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