I just started my new snowblower today to try to break it in. Within maybe a minute it started emitting a "burning metal" smell. I stopped it and there was some smoke coming out of the air filter.
My initial thought was perhaps low oil but I didn't have any handy. I'll definitely be picking some up later, however, I was hoping this might just be a normal smell of a new engine being broken in.
I couldn't find anything in the literature or while browsing online.
This is the model:
Ariens Compact ST24LE Two‑Stage Snow Blower, 24"