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Old 01-09-2008, 06:24 PM   #1
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Default Controlling the Flame with a PID or Thermostat

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Not that I am considering it but I am curious, when using a thermostat or PID with a probe how does the thermostat "turn-off" and "turn-on" a flame to an MLT/HLT? Can it do this automatically like a gas oven?

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Old 01-09-2008, 06:34 PM   #2
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You'd need a solenoid valve with a pilot light or a direct spark ignition setup.

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Old 01-09-2008, 06:38 PM   #3
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You can get surplus furnace valves rated for NG or propane on eBay. They're pretty cheap. You'll need a 20VAC power supply to operate most of them, but those aren't hard to come by on eBay, either.

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Simple way is to use a continous pilot light and solenoid valve to control burner gas flow, safer method is to use a direct spark ignition module that controls the solenoid valve. Here is typical direct spark ignition module on Ebay that uses the spark probe for flame sensing http://cgi.ebay.com/Honeywell-Direct...QQcmdZViewItem

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So where exactly does one of these valves sit in physical relation to the flame and legs of the turkey fryer? I would assume that the pilot light has a tube that sits near the output of the fryers jets but where would an electronic one sit?

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The valve can be mounted on the legs of the burner stand, the ignitor for the electronic ignition needs to spark to the burner jets and have at least 1/2" of the metal rod in the flame. Might be easier to use a pilot burner with ignitor than try to build your own, here is an example http://cgi.ebay.com/HONEYWELL-PILOT-...sid=p1638.m118

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The valve can be mounted on the legs of the burner stand, the ignitor for the electronic ignition needs to spark to the burner jets and have at least 1/2" of the metal rod in the flame. Might be easier to use a pilot burner with ignitor than try to build your own, here is an example http://cgi.ebay.com/HONEYWELL-PILOT-...sid=p1638.m118

Thank all of your for your responses. I have a very clear image of what would need to happen. I don't think I need to go down that road (for now) but it's nice that it can be done.
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