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Old 12-04-2013, 04:20 AM   #1
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Default Burner maintenance

Standard turkey deep fryer burner was burning yellow and producing soot. I:
1) pulled it apart
2) brushed it with steel wool
3) coated it with motor oil
4) let it soak for ~1 hour
5) wiped off extra oil
6) reassembled and proudly observed epic blue flames.
Thought I would post as I was not able to find this solution online. It had gotten pretty rusty. I will oil it now as standard maintenance.


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Old 12-04-2013, 05:14 PM   #2
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Why would you coat it with motor oil?


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Old 12-04-2013, 05:31 PM   #3
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Why would you coat it with motor oil?
prevent it from rusting again. Not sure it will help once heat volatilizes the oil from the metal though. I could be wrong.
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I know a common problem with these burners is a clogged inlet valve and that will cause yellow flame. Spiders like to build nests in that pipe...
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prevent it from rusting again. Not sure it will help once heat volatilizes the oil from the metal though. I could be wrong.
It's going to burn off the first time it's used.
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Unless the rust was caused by leaving the burner in standing water, surface rust is typically not a problem.

Foreign debris in the orifice, hose leaks or regulator malfunction are the typical issues with a burner.
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Seasoning a burner?

Interesting...

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Seasoning a burner?

Interesting...

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Interesting it is. My cast burner is always rusted and anything I put on it would just burn right off. Poking a wire through the openings is all it gets maybe once or twice a year.
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I though you guys were kidding about the spiders until last weekend. One of my burners was putting out an anemic yellow mini-flame. I unscrewed the gas hose in preparation to take the burner off my rig and noticed spider webs coming out with the threads.

Blow me if a quick flush with compressed air didn't clean out the little bugger!

Now...nice blue flames.
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I've noticed my flame getting more & more yellow - looks like a cleaning is in order!


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