Hi! My wood burner does not smoke or have any odor when I'm just doing ribbon. If I use it to melt the plastic loops off the back of buttons then it smokes and makes a very bad smell. So I would think if you are just doing ribbon you shouldn't have a problem.
My hot glue gone doesn't smell either. I kinda wish it did so I would know when I leave it on accidentally.
I hope I helped.
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