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Old 01-13-2010, 08:58 PM   #1
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Default Any Ideas to reduce soot on kettle?

This is my second all grain batch using an 8 gallon kettle and my burner. After I'm done there is a ton of soot on the bottom of the kettle which is getting all over everything in the house, since that's how I run my chiller.

Anyone else have this problem??? Solutions??

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http://www.bayouclassicdepot.com/sp2...ane-burner.htm

This is the burner, I am using.

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I can't tell from the pic. Is there no plate to adjust air mixture into the burner housing?

Sooting is an indicator of a poor air mixture and incomplete combustion of the fuel.

Some use dish soap to make cleaning soot easier. That is, they coat the kettle before they light the fire.

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Ya, If your getting as much soot as it sounds like you are, your combustion is incomplete...

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Scrubbing with cream of tartar and warm water also works remarkably well for getting scorch marks off stainless steel.

Don't ask me why. It just does.

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How would you fix incomplete combustion??

Can I just put some sort of plate on the burner in between it and the kettle (so it absorbs the soot)?? Or would this drop the heat transfer considerably??

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Like GilaMinumBeer mentioned, is there a plate where the hose connects to the hard line? That's typically where it brings in air, so you can rotate the plate to adjust your air/fuel mix.

After a couple of searches, maybe it's on the bottom?

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How would you fix incomplete combustion??

Can I just put some sort of plate on the burner in between it and the kettle (so it absorbs the soot)?? Or would this drop the heat transfer considerably??
"Most" burner assemblies have a sliding circular plate (the vane I think it's called) at the point where the gas line fits to the burner casting. This slide to either open or close off the available air that get mixed into the fuel at the throat of the casting. You adjust this to get a even colored flame at the tip of the burner.

f the tips of the flame are yellow, combustion is incomplete.

Some reading.

I am not familar with this burner tho'.
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