What's that funny smell from the sauna?
May 16, 2012 3:03 PM Subscribe
Over the last few months we've noticed a strange lighter fluid/butane scent coming from our home sauna. I need help trying to figure out a possible explanation.
posted by bonobothegreat to home & garden (6 answers total)
We've had the sauna for 6 years without any problems but in the last couple of months, it's been making this funny smell. It has this sort of heater
. I spoke with the retailer and her explanation was that someone must have poured some kind of scented oil onto the rocks (though we haven't had many house guests ever use it). I've removed the rocks but the smell seems to have returned when I turned it on again (though at this point, I don't know it I'm imagining things).
It's not like the smell of hot cedar or burning cedar. It's not the smell of natural gas. It's very distinctly like lighter fluid. It's not strong enough to fill the whole house but it's noticeable in the basement. Our furnace is gas but it's brand new and the smell predates it. The water heater is gas, in an adjoining room. No other gas appliances. We have working CO detectors.