I bought one of these last time around, people talk about the smell. From the time I took it out of the box till about a week later it definitely had a smell and then it went away. The smell is like it was stored in a barn around cow manure. In fact I would pay money that the thing was stored in a barn somewhere I’ve never smelled anything chemical that smelt like a barn.
Functionally I put it in my garage which gets cold it works okay but honestly a heater at this price would have worked much better.