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I am thinking about getting some Mega-Steam fluid. From what I read it smokes a lot better than the others and comes in a lot of scents. I have an oil fired steamer, a coal fired steamer, a couple of turbines and some diesels with smoke units. I am not looking to get crazy prototypical and get specific scents for each type of loco. Yet. Is there a really significant difference in the scents of the oil-fired, coal-fired, Big-Boy and diesel scents? Looking to get one or two scents to try it out. Thoughts and opinions on the scents would be appreciated. How does the cleaning fluid work? Do you just put it in and run it until it stops smoking then add a new scent?

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Not an exact answer to your question but... I prefer more pleasant scents because smoke can really hang around in a train room and migrate to other places in the house. Maybe I'm just a wuss LOL!

Having said that, after experiencing coal burning steamers NKP 765 and PM 1225 the coal scent does indeed smell like a coal fired steamer, minus the cinders falling out of the sky of course

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Luv mega steam and have forced air heating cooling system which allows the scents to.pass up.thru the house. So I and the wife love hot chocolate vanilla barbecue  pumpkin baking bread pepermint christmas pine bayberry and I few others. I recommend for my reason above avoid coal diesel wood stove and those in that category. I have not used the cleaning fluid and have had zero issues just wait till unit is empty and add half a dropper at a time. Remember less is more.

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Mike the Eliminator cleaning fluid is added just as you would any smoke fluid. It will neutralize the scent you may have previously used. I would compare the scent of the Eliminator to a mild Lysol smell. The coal diesel and oil fired scents do smell prototypical. One thing for sure is that the smoke volume produced is excellent.

@dk122trains posted:

Luv mega steam and have forced air heating cooling system which allows the scents to.pass up.thru the house. So I and the wife love hot chocolate vanilla barbecue  pumpkin baking bread pepermint christmas pine bayberry and I few others. I recommend for my reason above avoid coal diesel wood stove and those in that category. I have not used the cleaning fluid and have had zero issues just wait till unit is empty and add half a dropper at a time. Remember less is more.

hot chocolate vanilla barbecue  pumpkin baking bread pepermint christmas pine bayberry??

That's a scent? Does the bottle have an extra large label on it to allow this to fit?

@RoyBoy posted:

hot chocolate vanilla barbecue  pumpkin baking bread pepermint christmas pine bayberry??

That's a scent? Does the bottle have an extra large label on it to allow this to fit?

Yes it can be one scent.  Just buy a bottle of each of the nine different scents listed and pour them all into one large bottle.

You will have to print your own label.

You will need to stir the contents of the larger bottle or take a little from each level with an eyedropper.   Just to make sure you don't suck up all one flavor in the eyedropper. 

I’ve been using Mega Steam exclusively for a number of years now.  Coal Fired Steam, Diesel Power, Eliminator as well as their b-Gone cleaner.  I didn’t see anyone mention the diesel fluid, but I can say that it does smell like diesel exhaust.  Reminds me of times many years ago when I occasionally did work on diesel powered subs.

My advice is go with scents that are family and guest friendly over the realistic ones like coal, oil, etc.  I want my trains to look and sound as realistic as possible, but obnoxious smells I can do without.  After all, I'm trying to give the allusion of smoke, but it doesn't need to smell like real combustion.

 

@RickO posted:

Not an exact answer to your question but... I prefer more pleasant scents because smoke can really hang around in a train room and migrate to other places in the house. Maybe I'm just a wuss LOL!

Having said that, after experiencing coal burning steamers NKP 765 and PM 1225 the coal scent does indeed smell like a coal fired steamer, minus the cinders falling out of the sky of course

I agree a wuss LOL  remember you said and I am just agreeing.

Megasteam rocks scent are very accurate but if I want to smell BBQ I will make or go eat it. I find the fufu scent to be annoying but others luv them each to there own. I just feel running a coal fired steamer with clove coming out the stack is a sacrilage.

 

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I actually enjoy exhaust scents. Diesel and jet fuel exhaust are my favorites. I know it's weird, but that is me. Just like the sound of a large turbo diesel engine or the sound of a high by-pass turbo fan engine are nice to me.

I bought the Diesel and oil-fired steamer on the bay last night, so next week I'll get to see if the hype is real.

My wife is not a fan of the smoke smell. I will get some of the other non-exhaust scents later on for her benefit. One of the returns for the central unit on the end of the house that my train room is on is in my train room. I am certain after a few minutes of one of those MTH fan units smoking up the house I will have to shut it off unless I go with something more pleasant and wife friendly.

"I smell train!" My wife would say whenever she came home from bingo or shopping.  I've smelled the Mega-Steam coal scent and it's pretty accurate to my old nose. I'm curious about the oil burning steamer scent but I wouldn't buy a bottle because if it's realistic it should smell like NSFO (Navy Standard Fuel Oil) and I breathed enough of that aroma as "stack gas" aboard the old USS Coral Sea (CV-43).  

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