Why Does My Gas Stove Smell Like Lighter Fluid

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 Written by Timothy Spencer |  Fact Checked by Brian Dean |  Edited by Josh Reynolds

Last Updated: September 21, 2022

Gas stove owners often interact with the problems of smell like Lighter Fluid / Kerosene / Burning Plastic etc. You have a gas stove and there is a gas small around it which propels you to think or check what is happening to your stove.

Have you wondered what the reason behind this is? We have tried to provide the best possible reasons via which you can find the core of this problem and rectify it as soon as possible.

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Why Does My Gas Stove Smell Like Lighter Fluid?

What is happening is referred to be a product of combustion (it is referred to as an exothermic reaction involving an oxidant and a fuel along with heat production). 

What is happening is referred to be a product of combustion (it is referred to as an exothermic reaction involving an oxidant and a fuel along with heat production). 

Using or opening some kind of stain, paint, varnish, or equivalent product, including cleansers, rubber cement somewhere in or around the residence. The molecules travel across and interact with air, contaminating any kind of air, before being burnt off by an open flame. Hence creating a smell like lighter fluid.

For example, if you light a candle or a lighter, you will smell the same stench, but not as strongly—the larger the flame, the stronger the odor. The odor will fade over the following several days until no more molecules from the source remain in the air.

Why Does My Gas Stove Smell Like Kerosene?

A similar case to the above. The presence of oil or paint is the most typical source of a kerosene smell in the home. Natural gas may be detected in the air from your stove, water boiler, and other appliances. It has a strong kerosene odor. 

When drying paint reacts with residues of natural gas in the air (from your stove, water boiler, etc.), it emits a kerosene-like stench.

What do I do if I smell gas from my stove?

Well, if your house smells like lighter fluid or kerosene gas and you have used any kind of chemicals as stated above then there is nothing to worry about. This weird smell will eventually go away when the paint dries out. Moreover, Carbon Monoxide (CO) is odorless so these wouldn’t be problematic for you.

However, if you have not used any chemical / oil / thinner then you should immediately evacuate your house and try to call 911 or call your natural gas provider (your utility).

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Does a new gas oven smell?

If you’ve recently purchased a new oven, you may have noticed an unusual odor that permeated your home when you first switched it on. As frightening as it may seem, it is totally normal as long as the stench/odor is greasy/oily or of something like burning.

It is pertinent to mention here that if you feel the smell of gas rather than these mentioned smells, then you should immediately try to contact the support company of your gas stove.

How long does it take for the new oven smell to go away?

Most manufacturers would advise you to heat your new oven to a high temperature (about 200°C) for 30 to 40 minutes to help remove any residue from the oven’s surfaces.

Furthermore, proper ventilation prior to this whole process is mandatory in order to avoid the smell getting stuck in your house for days.

What Does Lighter Fluid Smell Like?

All-natural fluid (especially lighter fluid) has a “Heavy Whiskey” fragrance since it is derived from a biofuel.

Lighter fluid and other forms of fuel typically have a pungent scent.

Ethanol, which is generated from maize rather than coal or petroleum, is an example of “biofuel.”

Why Is Weird Smell Coming From Stove?

In the case of New Stove, It is natural to perceive a strange odor. This is created by gas combustion at the burner and will dissipate in a minute or two. The odor of unburned gas is similar to that of rotting eggs. The scent of unburned gas in your kitchen is not natural.

In the case of Old Stove, it has nothing to do with the combination of a mixture of gases or any other chemical reaction, whatsoever, rather it is the indication from your gas stove that it needs your immediate attention and you should clean it at the very first instance.

Why Gas Stove Smells Like Burning Plastic?

Well, that is a totally different case from the stove smelling like lighter fluid or kerosene. Well, it does happen for a variety of reasons:

  • If the stove is new and then it would be appropriate to consider here that the chemicals reacting inside the gas stove’s system are being burned off for the first time. Therefore for the first few occasions, you should try to subject your stove to extreme heat. Furthermore, in a similar instance, there are zip ties that were used to attach inserts throughout transit, and they may have remained in place.
  • In the other case, it may be because of the electricity shortage.

What Does A Gas Leak Smell Like?

Natural gas and propane have a distinctive smell for a reason. For safety purposes, and to make gas leaks easier to detect, gas companies add chemicals called odorants to create a natural gas smell similar to sulphur or rotting eggs these are called ethyl mercaptan (ethanethiol) which gives the colorless and odorless gases a smell that is hard to miss. This process is called Staunch.

As per the observation of most people they describe this smell like something like rotten eggs, sewage, or sulfur.

How Do I Know If My Gas Fireplace Is Leaking?

No matter how many videos, you have seen or how many hacks / DIYs you have read on the internet, you should not try to detect any gas leakage on your own.

If you feel that your stove is smelling like rotten eggs or sewage, even after getting clean. You should immediately open some windows, doors and leave the area call your company’s support or any other professional to get it checked instantly.

Never try to turn off the gas if it is turned on, you may risk causing a spark or damaging pipes and equipment.

Do not use any electrical or lighters, matches, or appliances. Don’t even try to start your automobile. Even a single spark might set off a massive explosion.

Evacuate any home members and pets and contact your local gas provider. If they are unable to be contacted, contact your local fire department.

However, there are some other signs that you must keep in mind:

  • Stinky smells
  • Dead Plants
  • Hissing Sound
  • Small Bubbles from the gas pipe
  • Carbon Monoxide related symptoms etc.
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Final Thoughts

Long story short, if you are smelling lighter fluid from your gas stove and you are using some kind of chemical as described above, then there is nothing to worry about. Moreover, weird smell from your gas stove is an alarm that you should clean it but a serious thing to concern about.

However, if your gas stove is not new and you have not used any chemical in your home for any purpose but still you are smelling like lighter fluid then evacuate as soon as possible. 

We have thrived hard to answer your query with regard to why your gas stove smell like lighter fluid with different possibilities. Nevertheless, if you think you have a case other than that, then tell us by commenting below and we will try to answer to your query as fast as possible. 

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