Looking at a flame and understanding what’s going on is more an art than a science.
There are however a few basic rules of thumb that can help you to know what’s going on. When you look at a flame you generally need to be looking at a flame moving towards you. It’s not a guarantee that you will even have a site port that will allow you to do this. If you find such a port, first wave your hand around it to make sure there’s no flue gas leakage. Then with a gloved hand you push on the glass a little to make sure it does not break easily. Then with safety glasses on and a long sleeved shirt, go ahead and look. You’ll be looking for a few basic things like:
What to do
- Burner flame problems can become severe in a hurry. Burners that are not adjusted properly waste fuel RANDS which no one can afford in today’s fuel price environment.
- The bigger problem is burners that are not adjusted properly or are impaired can lead to carbon fires and destruction of burner flame shaping diffusers which can lead to serious equipment damage.
- Fuel air ratios that are not correct can lead to accumulations of flammable mixtures that can lead to explosions.
- This has unfortunately happened on many occasions.
- If you have reason to believe that you have a burner issue give us a call. We might be able to review an MPEG video clip of it for you and give you some direction.
- We also have burner specialists on our staff who have expertise with many different types of equipment and styles of burners.
- Our staff has over 70 years of combined burner manufacturer experience.