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Old 09-07-2012, 12:20 AM   #1
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Default Getting rid of soot from my burner

Hi...I have a pretty cheap burner that came in a turkey fryer kit and it is creating a thick black soot on the bottom of my brew kettle. My guess is that it is because it is a cheapo burner. I was looking into retrofitting a better burner into the stand that came with the cheap burner. Right now it has a burner that looks like this:



Do all of this burner style create soot?

Would getting a banjo style burner like this one, solve my problem?



Thanks in advance.

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Old 09-07-2012, 01:32 AM   #2
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How's the flame look when it is fired up? It should be all or pretty much all blue. Soot usually means it is burning too lean, and would usually mean yellow flame. Common cause is lack of oxygen. If opening up the intake doesn't help, it could be the regulator, and running with too much pressure.

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Does the soot hurt the kettle?

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Doesn't, but means the flame is not as efficient as it could be. And, makes for more cleaning.

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More info here...http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/help...e-soot-285087/

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I didn't even realize there was an adjustable intake. It was about 1/3 open. I'm gonna use the burner for some canning tonight so I'll see if opening the intake helps.

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Old 09-07-2012, 02:06 AM   #7
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Adjust the damper until you get as little orange in the flame as you can. Blue is good.

If there is soot in the burner a wire brush will help.

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I run mine wide open with my setup, I am sure that was the case.

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Old 09-07-2012, 06:07 AM   #9
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[...]Soot usually means it is burning too lean, and would usually mean yellow flame. Common cause is lack of oxygen[...]
Right cause, wrong term: yellow = rich because of O2 starvation, as you said...

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Old 09-07-2012, 04:55 PM   #10
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Right cause, wrong term: yellow = rich because of O2 starvation, as you said...

Cheers!
Oops, yes you are correct, not sure why I said that...
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