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Old 03-03-2010, 04:58 PM   #1
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Well heat is not working
Lots of smoke - oil fired
It fired for a little bit ...then shut off
Smoke is coming from underneath the burner itself

I'm wondering if this is "just" a dirty nozzle ?
We have gone thru approx ~750 gallons of oil since it was last cleaned/tuned up
Any way I can look at that myself 1st ?

Its 62 in here...just checked its already up to 64 with heaters going
We have (3) 1500w heaters...plus radaint floor heat for the bathroom & hallways
So its not critical....will probably get a fire going
And dinner will be cooked in the oven





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Old 03-03-2010, 05:38 PM   #2
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Watcha go there Dave? Looks like a HB Smith 4 section with a Beckett AFG burner yes? That smoke is pretty white so I would guess that she's either got a really bad nozzle on it or it's time to run a brush down through the exchanger. Smoke at the burner like that is generally an after drip off the nozzle thats burning in the end of the blast tube instead of the firebox.

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Yes its an '88 HB

Its up to 67 in here now
I bypassed the system & turned the recirc pump on which heated up the radiators a little
So I'm just going to call our Oil guy out to clean it
He said something about it was going 2 years ago
So we knew we had to replace it
BUt due to the low amount of oil we use we were letting it limp along
Another month & I would have just waited until he could install a new system

We do have a spare burner just in case - from our old oil-fired water heater
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Old 03-04-2010, 08:39 AM   #4
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Our oil guy is coming out Monday, we told him no hurry
If it was an Emergency he would be out today, he also asked if we needed him to come out on Saturday
But its going to be close to 50 this weekend so we told him Monday was fine
I heat with wood Thurs thru Monday anyways...so no big problem
Figures I just about finished burning off all the scrap wood we had in the past 3 weeks
I didnt even start a fire last nite...it was 68 with the electric heat on
Plus wife used the oven to cook dinner...that warmed the kitchen up
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In New England, options are always a good thing.
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Probably the nozzle is bad.
And it probably has caused a nice carbon ring build up at the end cone and combustion chamber opening.
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Yeah, I decided I didn't want to mess with it
We have to look into what we will buy as a new system
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Soooo...yer sayin......

I'd actually hoped to go to a waste oil heater or Veggie burner
We only use about 300g a year
I'm hoping to cut that down with some solar heaters
But once the Great Room is finished I expect oil use to go up
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You won't like the maintenance required to keep a waste oil burner going.
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Yeah I figured the Utube video only touched on the good side of things
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Waste oil burners are a great thing for auto garages. They get lots of it free.

Some of their repair bills are high though. If they don't maintain it though.

I worked on one, that my cost on the nozzle, was 60 bucks.
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I still have my old burner from our old oil fired water heater
I figured I'd have a 2nd one when we replace the heating system

I was actually thinking of using it to help heat the pool
Not sure if a burner is designed for that much use
That's like way down my To Do list
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Oil burner doesn't care how long it runs.
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Good to know

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