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Old 11-26-2014, 01:32 PM   #1
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Default Black residue to my brew pot from gas burner is becoming a hassle

I tried searching for an answer for this stupid question but didnt find anything on the subject. Its becoming a hassle to clean my brew pot because the gas burner leaves a very difficult to clean black residue on the outside of the pot. Cleaning it can be easy enough but it sticks to everthing it touches and getting it from off of my skin is even harder. Plus it damages my sponge after each is and the cleaning process becomes a mess.

Who else has this problem and can offer me some tips on mitigating this issue. Is it that im turning the gas on too high?

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Old 11-26-2014, 01:35 PM   #2
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I have the same problem. The fuel/air mixture is off but I can't figure out how to fix it. I will soon be changing to natural gas. No more tanks to fill.

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Old 11-26-2014, 01:46 PM   #3
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Subbed, Same issue. Soot is all over my apartment.

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Old 11-26-2014, 01:49 PM   #4
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Too much fuel for the available air causes incomplete combustion and thus carbon/soot. You're making a mess while wasting gas. Increase the air supply or decrease the gas flow. The flames should be bright blue and not yellow. The yellow flames are from carbon burning off.

Clean the orifices too, sometimes carbon and ash deposits form in it, reducing pressure, which prevents good mixing with air.

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Old 11-26-2014, 01:53 PM   #5
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The air fuel ratio isn't "off," it's just that the jet on the carb isn't capable of supplying fuel at stoich through the entire range of throttle. But air/fuel ratio aside, the boy scouts have had a solution for this years before we started brewing beer on turkey fryers :-)

http://boyslife.org/outdoors/askgear...he-gear-guy-6/

Bar soap. Hitting it with a garden hose will wash the soot right off (prior to rinsing, you still have to remember not to set it on your kitchen counter or anything else your wife has a right to yell at your about for getting dirty)

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For our camping pots we rub the outside down with a bar of soap. They still get black, but the soot seems to come off easier. I have never tried it with my boil kettle as I don't get much soot. I would anticipate that the soap trick may not work due to the amount of heat and the duration, but it may be worth a shot.

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You need to find where the air vent is on the burner and open it up. I had this the first time I brewed until I realized that by opening the air valve up all the way would give me the ideal blue flame instead of yellow. Look at where your hose line comes in, usually there is a circular slide collar there that controls the oxygen/fuel mix. Play with it until you get the right mix.

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