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    Hi all,
    I have a brother monochrome multifunction printer and after printing 10 or so pages the rooms starts to smell. Anyidea if there is something I can do to stop it? Different paper? or is it just the printer melting the toner (or whatever it does)? Could I add some kind of filter to it?

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    what type of smell is it? a burning smell?

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    Plastic mixed with paper Smell....

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    That'd be the fuser - the part of the printer that melts the ink onto the paper. How old is the printer? If it's pretty old you'd need to replace it, or at the very least take it apart and give it a good clean.

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    try turning the printer off (at the wall) and opening the lid (or anything else) to try and cool it down.

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    It wouldn't be more then a year old. It's a brother MFC 7220

    It always makes the smell after a bit of printing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowleopard48 View Post
    try turning the printer off (at the wall) and opening the lid (or anything else) to try and cool it down.
    do this for approx. 10/15 mins.

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    Well it' stops smelling when it stops printing...so no real need to do that...

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    Byrd is right, what is smelling is the fuser rollers, and some odour during the fusing process is perfectly normal -- all laser printers do that.

    Most laser printers either come with a fuser roller cleaning stick in the box, or one comes with each toner-pack -- the fuser rollers should be cleaned every time a toner-pack is changed.

    Another tip to stop your printer from smelling -- don't use Reflex brand paper. Reflex paper is a low-bond, below-average short-fibre stock with a high chaff content. Chaff is the fine white powder that occurs when the end-pieces of fibre in the paper break off, and the shorter the fibres used in the pulp, the more end bits you have and thus the more chaff. Chaff is the bane of any laser printer or photocopier, and bits of fibre that have broken off but not come away from the paper end up getting stuck on the fuser rollers.

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    So any suggested paper brands? (Ill have a look into cleaning the rollers...)

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    As to which brand of paper to choose -- if it says "Made In Australia" on the packaging, don't buy it. The best brand of all is "Fuji Xerox Recycled Supreme", manufactured in Europe, and costs between $12 and $20 per ream. XRS is 100% post-consumer waste, which is reflected in its slightly off white colour. Despite being a recycled product, it is very low in chaff.

    Evolve, if you can find it, is exceptionally good considering it is another true-100%-recycled product, and has the best 'green' ranking. Other brands with a low chaff content are Nautilus, Canon 100, Victory and Double A -- the last two are the easiest to find.

    Reflex is made locally by Paperlinx, which is wholly owned by the American packaging megacorp Amcor. Virtually all paper manufactured by Amcor is made from non-plantation trees; every time you buy Reflex (or other Amcor brands including Tudor, Spicers, Oz Copy, Optix, Copyright, Australian Paper and Dalton) you are funding the destruction of Australian native forests. NEVER buy Reflex's so-called "recycled" paper either -- none of the content has actually been used by consumers. Instead, it is 70% fresh native-forest wood, 10% cotton waste and 20% re-pulped printer's cuts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simo View Post
    So any suggested paper brands? (Ill have a look into cleaning the rollers...)
    I've been sticking with HP Everyday Paper and Double A's paper for some time... after I became displeased with Reflex paper being slightly transparent when held to the light.
    ...because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brains View Post
    As to which brand of paper to choose -- if it says "Made In Australia" on the packaging, don't buy it. The best brand of all is "Fuji Xerox Recycled Supreme", manufactured in Europe, and costs between $12 and $20 per ream. XRS is 100% post-consumer waste, which is reflected in its slightly off white colour. Despite being a recycled product, it is very low in chaff.

    Evolve, if you can find it, is exceptionally good considering it is another true-100%-recycled product, and has the best 'green' ranking. Other brands with a low chaff content are Nautilus, Canon 100, Victory and Double A -- the last two are the easiest to find.

    Reflex is made locally by Paperlinx, which is wholly owned by the American packaging megacorp Amcor. Virtually all paper manufactured by Amcor is made from non-plantation trees; every time you buy Reflex (or other Amcor brands including Tudor, Spicers, Oz Copy, Optix, Copyright, Australian Paper and Dalton) you are funding the destruction of Australian native forests. NEVER buy Reflex's so-called "recycled" paper either -- none of the content has actually been used by consumers. Instead, it is 70% fresh native-forest wood, 10% cotton waste and 20% re-pulped printer's cuts.
    Thanks heaps for the information! Anyone know where i could find Fuji Xerox Recycled Supreme? If not, maybe ill just change to Double A.

    Btw, my laser printer also smells a bit after 20 or so pages.

    Thank again mate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hamusta View Post
    Thanks heaps for the information! Anyone know where i could find Fuji Xerox Recycled Supreme? If not, maybe ill just change to Double A.
    Funnily enough, Xerox sells it on their site

    https://www.xeroxsupplies.com.au/pro...?SKU=003R94568

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