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aksea102 03-20-2010 02:45 PM

Bayou Classic SQ-14 question/problem
 
After reading on HBT how great this patio cooker is, I decided to retire my old burner and purchase this one. I was pretty excited about it, free shipping at Amazon too. I got the cooker last evening. YAY!! But to my dismay, when I went to assemble the brass hose connector to the burner, I found I could only tighten it three full turns before it froze...leaving 4 brass threads exposed (i.e. unthreaded). I had to laugh at the directions..."do not over-tighten brass hose connector, the air control disc must be able to easily turn for adjustment of flame quality". There isnt a chance in h-e-double-hockey-sticks I could tighten it down to where the air control disc would be immobile. The hose and the male brass connector looks fine. The female threading inside the burner looks like the problem. I am thinking of disassembling the burner from the stand and sending it back to Bayou Classic. Anyone else had an issue with this burner?

kladue 03-20-2010 02:59 PM

Did you find the spring that goes between the gas fitting and the air shutter?, or is it missing. Usually the spring provides the force that keeps the air shutter from moving after it is set as the fitting is not supposed to bottom out in the burner.

Catt22 03-20-2010 03:16 PM

The brass hose connector has a tapered thread. This type of thread is supposed to have a few threads exposed when properly tightened. The sping that kladue mentioned should have been included and that's what pushes against the damper to hold it in position. If you didn't get a spring, contact the BC people and see if they will send you one. Don't over-tighten the brass fitting. Firmly snugged will do it.

aksea102 03-20-2010 04:56 PM

Thanks for the replies...
The hose connector does have a tapered thread. No spring though. It's not shown in the diagram, nor included in the parts list. Just two screws to tighten down somewhat, holding the shutter in whichever position desired.
What is the purpose of having a few threads exposed? Hey, what can I say? I'm a chick. This kind of knowledge didnt come pre-packaged in my genes!! :-)
If this is meant to be, the exposed threads, then I am thrilled. Absolutely didnt want to go thru the hassle of sending parts back. Plus...I want to brew tomorrow and fire this baby up!
Thanks again-

kladue 03-20-2010 05:16 PM

The pipe threads on the fitting are tapered and a 3 turn by hand fit is the normal fit up for threaded fittings, some threads are always exposed.

homebrewer_99 03-20-2010 05:22 PM

I've only heard about bad transactions with burners coming from Amazon...I think they're like TJ Maxx...they only sell "seconds", but don't specify if they are or not...:mad:

Catt22 03-20-2010 05:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by aksea102 (Post 1956769)
Thanks for the replies...
The hose connector does have a tapered thread. No spring though. It's not shown in the diagram, nor included in the parts list. Just two screws to tighten down somewhat, holding the shutter in whichever position desired.
What is the purpose of having a few threads exposed? Hey, what can I say? I'm a chick. This kind of knowledge didnt come pre-packaged in my genes!! :-)
If this is meant to be, the exposed threads, then I am thrilled. Absolutely didnt want to go thru the hassle of sending parts back. Plus...I want to brew tomorrow and fire this baby up!
Thanks again-

A spring may not be a part of the design for the particular unit you have. The specific designs sometimes vary even with burners from the same manufacturer. The two screws in the slotted holes of the damper are probably used instead to keep the damper in position. Tighten these screws so that there is some friction against the damper, but not so tight that you cannot adjust the damper without having to loosen the screws each time. Yep, there's supposed to be a few exposed threads on the brass connector. Tapered pipe threads are designed this way so that they seal against leaks when properly tightened. IOW, no gasket is required as would be the case with straight (non-tapered) threads. Most pipe threads are tapered in this way. There are exceptions, of course, such as compression fittings and such. FYI, this stuff doesn't come to any of us naturally, so there's absolutely no need to feel genetically handicapped. Sharing info is what these forums are all about. You should be good to go! Fire that baby up!

Mongo64 03-23-2010 03:21 AM

I don't think there is anything wrong with your burner. Sounds like the one I got through Amazon. Fire it up and adjust the shutter till you have blue flames with yellow tips and you'll be good to go.

MacBruver 03-23-2010 04:49 PM

The SQ14 has no spring. It is indeed NPT threads.

I've had nothing but good luck with the Bayou burners that I've purchased from Amazon. They're all basically sold directly from the manufacturer, so if there's a problem with it it's certainly not Amazon's fault.

smizak 03-23-2010 05:48 PM

You're all good man. Mine was exactly the same way, I freaked too, until I fired it up the first time and had 7 gallons of water boiling in 15 min! W00T!


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