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Old 01-14-2012, 05:43 PM   #1
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Default Blichmann regulator hose on fire

On only my 4th or 5th time using a new Blichmann burner, the stainless lined hose suddenly burst into flames (the rubber hose had melted and was spewing out propane which caught on fire)! Has anyone had any issues such as this? I've tried contacting Blichmann about this, with no response. Any ideas?


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Old 01-14-2012, 06:12 PM   #2
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Yikes! That looks like some potentially scary sh!t right there.
How the heck did the hose get hot enough to melt?


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Old 01-14-2012, 07:00 PM   #3
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All I can think is the propane is igniting and exiting out of the intake manifold. A little scary!
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Old 01-14-2012, 07:15 PM   #4
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It's possible there was a leak at the crimp on that line and the escaping gas flashed back to the source and continued to burn? That certainly doesn't inspire confidence to buy that burner!
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Old 01-14-2012, 07:41 PM   #5
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I have the same burner. Occasionally, wind will blow the flame back into the gas intake area. For this reason, I do not walk away from the burner when it is on.
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Old 01-14-2012, 08:25 PM   #6
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I have two of those burners, one with the leg extensions (though not in the stock fashion as pictured) and I've never had flame shooting below the wind screen or even sneaking out the gap around the venturi. Ever. Never mind allowing that to persist long enough to actually melt through the gas line. That's just crazy...

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Old 01-17-2012, 08:48 AM   #7
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Hi, you may try opening up your air intake. IMHO. I've got 15 years in HVAC.
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Old 01-17-2012, 04:28 PM   #8
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Hi Mike! Welcome to HBT! You can offer a LOT to this forum with your experience. I look forward to learning from you.
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Old 01-17-2012, 04:33 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by day_trippr
I have two of those burners, one with the leg extensions (though not in the stock fashion as pictured) and I've never had flame shooting below the wind screen or even sneaking out the gap around the venturi. Ever. Never mind allowing that to persist long enough to actually melt through the gas line. That's just crazy...

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I second this. I've procured two of them about a year ago and have not had any such problem. I had a close call with an old turkey fryer burner that constantly had flames suck back. This is crazy.
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Old 01-18-2012, 08:27 PM   #10
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My Blichmann burner with leg extensions has been perfect as well.

I'd be interested to see how your flames look when your using the burner. For 4 or 5 uses that housing looks like it got very very hot. Mine is only slightly discolored and I have 8 or 9 batches through it.

Any response from Blichmann yet? Last time I e-mailed them with a question I got a response very quickly.


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