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Old 06-25-2007, 09:21 PM   #1
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I'm getting a lot of soot on my keggle and HLT. It's stained a pair of shorts and a pair of jeans.

What's cauing it, and how can I eliminate it?

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Old 06-25-2007, 09:50 PM   #2
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It sounds like the air to fuel mix is off ... try cutting down on the amount of air entering the burner.

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Old 06-25-2007, 10:08 PM   #3
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I had 2 very similar burners, and one on the keggle caused a lot of soot, and the one on the HLT had none. I never did figure out why, and I replaced the burner since then, so I guess I'm not help.

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Old 06-25-2007, 10:12 PM   #4
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It sounds like the air to fuel mix is off ... try cutting down on the amount of air entering the burner.
I would have guessed the other way - needing more air. I get some soot on the bottom of my keggle, it never seems like I can get enough air in the Banjo to get a clean, blue flame for more than a short while.
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Old 06-25-2007, 10:19 PM   #5
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I would have guessed the other way - needing more air. I get some soot on the bottom of my keggle, it never seems like I can get enough air in the Banjo to get a clean, blue flame for more than a short while.
Yeah, soot would be the result of incompletely burned hydrocarbons = not enough air. I occasionally get a little soot early in a burn if there's dust and debris in the burner element, too.
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If you have the Bayou KAB, its the paint on the burner burning off..
It'll go away after a session or two.

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If you have the Bayou KAB, its the paint on the burner burning off..
It'll go away after a session or two.
Yeah, why do they bother with paint anyway? Do they think people aren't going to light them?
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You're probably running rich. Adjust the valve on the burner to let in more air. The flames should be nice and blue, but back off when they don't stay lit easily.

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Any soap or cleaner still on the outside of the keg?

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The air port is open all the way. Could it be that I'm pushing through more gas than it can burn? Should I shut the valve some more? I use this burner:

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