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Safe Operation of a Propane Burner

Postby CornMealKid » Tue Aug 26, 2014 6:02 pm

Hello,

I have a 65,000 BTU propane burner and I'm sort of a novice when it comes to using these. In the manual, it says to have a blue flame and adjust the flue to get it there, I did that and it heats EXTREMELY slow, like from 74 to 84 in an hour... Now, I turned it up a bit and there's a little bit of orange flame there, not much... But... Is this safe to run with a not completely blue flame for an extended period?

Also, it's running in a garage with both doors half open, probably about 25 by 20 foot garage, is that safe?

This is a 15 gallon keg for the boiler...

Lastly, how many runs does one typically get from a 20 LBS propane tank?

Would appreciate any advice you could bestow upon me.

Thanks.
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Re: Safe Operation of a Propane Burner

Postby sdpoage » Tue Aug 26, 2014 6:12 pm

I run a propane burner also. When I do my heat up, I adjust the flu to make the flame blue. A little orange at the tips won't hurt anything.

I've been running mine for 5 batches now on a 5 gal pot. Also a 20 lb tank.
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Re: Safe Operation of a Propane Burner

Postby goose eye » Tue Aug 26, 2014 6:18 pm

What color your regulator.
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Re: Safe Operation of a Propane Burner

Postby oilguy » Tue Aug 26, 2014 6:41 pm

I run a propane torch rigged up to a steel rim, 50 litre keg. I can go from start to drips in about 40-45 min, also in garage with door open, the only thing with the orange flame is you get soot on the bottom of your still, easy to clean off though, my collection point is approx 4 feet from my burner, and my tank is roughly 10 feet away.
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Re: Safe Operation of a Propane Burner

Postby SoMo » Tue Aug 26, 2014 7:18 pm

The yellow color will suet up the bottom of the boiler but is harmless.
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Re: Safe Operation of a Propane Burner

Postby SoMo » Tue Aug 26, 2014 7:19 pm

goose eye wrote:What color your regulator.
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What's the reference to regulator color?
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Re: Safe Operation of a Propane Burner

Postby goose eye » Tue Aug 26, 2014 7:25 pm

Mostly green low
Red high

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Re: Safe Operation of a Propane Burner

Postby SoMo » Tue Aug 26, 2014 7:43 pm

Thanks Goose mines red and it throws the heat, up to boil in 20-30 minutes.
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Re: Safe Operation of a Propane Burner

Postby Truckinbutch » Tue Aug 26, 2014 8:52 pm

Runnin propane is my preference . First order of business is to install a high quality CO monitor in your operating area . The danger from carbon monoxide in an area not ventilated well enough can never be overstated . Watch that monitor . If it beeps the first time it is time to shut down and redo ventilation . Co will not give you a second chance if you ignore it .
>That said , I've done well with a 15 gal boiler on a 60,000 btu burner in a 16x32 basement shop with proper positive ventilation installed .
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Re: Safe Operation of a Propane Burner

Postby pfshine » Tue Aug 26, 2014 11:51 pm

The yellow/orange flame means your not getting complete combustion. Open the air inlet all the way and let it rip.
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Re: Safe Operation of a Propane Burner

Postby The flint stones » Wed Aug 27, 2014 6:58 pm

I have two, after a while where I live the humidity will start to corrode the burner causing much yellow flame and much soot. I keep a clean one to swap out when this happens. Mine come apart where the bolt goes through making it easy to wire brush and clean up like new!
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Re: Safe Operation of a Propane Burner

Postby SoMo » Wed Aug 27, 2014 9:23 pm

The flint stones wrote:I have two, after a while where I live the humidity will start to corrode the burner causing much yellow flame and much soot. I keep a clean one to swap out when this happens. Mine come apart where the bolt goes through making it easy to wire brush and clean up like new!


Mines been making more suet gonna have to take it apart and clean it up, maybe that will help.
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