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Added May 16 2018

My second apartment in the 10 months since I've moved to Chicago and another friggin problem: grills. I'm not going to apologize people. If you want to grill, then buy a house, go to the park, or find a building with a backyard and a landlord that will permit you to grill.

I came home today, and my entire apartment smells like I had a fire. Everything smells of smoke, including my new furniture, from the bedroom to the front room. Even the clothes in my closet.

This had got to be a Chicago thing. Every other place I've lived, local ordinance banned grilling on apartment balconies, period. I can barely stand to sit in my apartment, that I pay rent for, with all the smoke.

F'en unbelievable!

  • Exaggerate much???
    What you describe, MAG, is similar to what one would experience had your dwelling actually caught fire. The only way things could be even close to what you describe is if you are referring to charcoal grilling. When you first start up with charcoal, there is a smell albeit a smell that quickly dissipates. Propane grills burn clean so the only smell should be that of a delicious burger or if you cook some barbecue.

    That said, most multi-unit buildings do not allow charcoal grills due to the flames that are somewhat uncontrollable at startup. Perhaps your building does not allow charcoal and this is an enforcement issue.

    If you're complaining about propane, than your post is mostly fiction.

  • Well, that stinks... pardon the pun. Are you sure there wasn't a structural fire within a few blocks of you? If not ...
    Is it possible a neighbor's fireplace chimney didn't vent properly and infused the building with smoke?
    Aside from charcoal grilling, it could be the result of a fire pit - which gives a false sense of fire safety (and many ppl are ignorant about fire safety).
    If the landlord/bldg management allows balcony grills and/or fire pits, you might want to move yet again. And even if they don't permit their use, enforcement could be a losing battle anyway.

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  • MAG

    NW-Sider:
    No negativity on the pun. Culprits were the 2 apts approximately 10-12 feet south of me, part of the same property. Both had mega grills taking half the balcony. I owned similar grills, but they were on a 60'x120' lot with 2600 sq ft of a house.
    I spoke to the maintenance manager. He stated a decision would happen soon
    It's got to be a fire hazard given all balconies are wood.

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  • Maybe they added "smoke chips" in their grills. Those would pack a stinkin' punch.

  • Tom Concerned Neighbor

    Smoke Inhalation and Destruction... LOL
    Ohhhh, boy!!!

  • MAG

    NW-Sider:
    Yeah, the stinker was called charcoal.

  • Tom Concerned Neighbor

    My comment was removed by the "comment police"... unbelievable!

  • having quite a day, eh, Tom

  • Tom Concerned Neighbor

    NW-Sider be careful they might remove your comment. 😉

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