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ajparry89

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Please help, Newby Maintenance!
« on: August 22, 2018, 07:55:49 am »
Hello everybody,
I am new here to the forum, also new to burning waste oil.  i just recently bought an automotive repair shop that has a waste oil heater in it.  the primary source of heat is a massive coal boiler, and the back up is the waste oil.  i bought the shop last december (already  winter time) and everything was working OK, for the most part.  sometimes there were issues, but they all got resolved one way or another haha.  I do want to use the waste oil heater a little more (or learn to incorporate it in a little more to cut back on coal - i am new to burning coal as well! haha!)  But to start out, I want to make sure that things are running as efficiently as possible, i do not know much about waste oil furnace maintenance.

basically, I have a waste oil burner bolted onto an old coal boiler.  the waste oil is in a 275 gallon tank, which is siphoned/pumped with a gear pump on the floor, first going through a micron filter before it gets to the pump.  then goes up the wall and over and down to the burner, first going through another spin on filter.  that is basically my set up. 

I imagine the coal burner is probably not the most efficient way to utilize the waste oil burner, but not much I can do about that right now.  to me, it just seems the 'cavity' inside the coal boiler is too big for the flame of the waste oil burner, that it takes a lot to heat it up and get it to temperature.  is this a possibility?  i thought about filling the bottom of the coal boiler with some sand to take up space and also the sand would get hot and stay hot.  bad idea? 

i am not really sure what waste oil burner i have, besides the numbers off of it.  I was told it was made by Clean Burn, but according to the sticker the company is called Clean Energy Inc?  and then the following model number CB85HS.  and another Label Serial Number: 5969.   Is that the information that i need whenever getting parts for this thing?

What maintenance should i be performing to this thing before winter?  I was told/taught how to clean the nozzle, which ive done/will do.  it has two filters, a micron filter which i was told never to let the gauge get into the red, if it gets close to the red then i take the filter out and clean it - it never budged last winter.    the other filter is a large spin on/off filter which was changed last year. 

I know that I do need a new oil regulator.  the regulator functions when you increase or decrease pressure, but the gauge is not working so i do not know what the pressure is at any given time.   where can i find one of those?

I am  trying to post some pictures, but i cant figure out how!  haha

thanks guys!

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Re: Please help, Newby Maintenance!
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2018, 01:40:53 pm »
The best would be to take several pics and that would be very helpful.

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Re: Please help, Newby Maintenance!
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2018, 08:05:29 am »
do you know how i post pictures?  when i click on "Insert Image" i just puts 'img' in brackets.  how do i actually insert the pictures? 

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Re: Please help, Newby Maintenance!
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2018, 10:07:02 am »
Try clicking on "attachments and other options"

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Re: Please help, Newby Maintenance!
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2018, 11:10:52 am »
Ahh there is, underneath the field, i was only looking above it.  here they are! 

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Re: Please help, Newby Maintenance!
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2018, 11:28:55 am »
Ok so we have an old style Clean Burn burner. I would definitely do a burner rebuild before this heating season. The Clean Burn dist for your area can get you all the parts you need for it.

Is that pump sitting on the floor and pumping out of the bottom of tank ? 

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Re: Please help, Newby Maintenance!
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2018, 12:22:57 pm »
yes, the pump sits on the floor, and the copper line goes up and through a micron filter, then into the top of the tank and down, i have the line set a few inches from the bottom.

what do you all think about my sand idea?

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Re: Please help, Newby Maintenance!
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2018, 12:30:43 pm »
I would put the pump on top of the tank and replumb the suction side. I will take a picture of a setup to show you how to make it simple and easy.

Since you need to clean ash from it every so often I would not use sand. If anything I would use fire brick.

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Re: Please help, Newby Maintenance!
« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2018, 08:58:15 pm »
Here is how I plumb every single one I do.

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Re: Please help, Newby Maintenance!
« Reply #9 on: August 27, 2018, 10:03:43 am »
great, thanks for you help!

in a rebuild kit for the burner, what exactly am i looking for?  (to make sure they dont try to sell me a bunch of other unnecessary stuff)

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Re: Please help, Newby Maintenance!
« Reply #10 on: August 27, 2018, 06:32:20 pm »
#70158 service kit will include nozzle, electrodes, nozzle holder o-ring, solenoid/regulator guts.