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  1. #14
    Quote Originally Posted by meplumber View Post
    Dude, if your having to run 53% excess air to get a 0 - Trace smoke, then you have something else going on. Those numbers look horrible for just about any Beckett oil burner. What was your stack temp and CO at light off and shut off? I would bet that you have flame impingement going on. Are you a pro? What specific equipment is this? What nozzle size are we talking about?
    First things first, I'm not a pro. But keep in mind the "pros" around here want to come and charge hundreds of dollars to put in a new filter and photocell and maybe ignitor tips. Most "pros" don't even want to brush and clean the boiler. We have a guy that's one of the better ones, who does brush and vacuum the boiler, and he didn't bring any of his test equipment even though he was called because the boiler was smoking. He just adjusted it by eye and promised me I could borrow his Bacharach kit, a promise he never kept. His girl that answers the phone said "he can't loan the Bacharach kit, he needs it to adjust burners when he goes out on calls!". Somehow that he didn't adjust mine was lost on her. So I bought my own gear.

    No, there's no impingement.

    I have no idea what the nozzle size is since I didn't replace it.

    It's an old Burnham boiler and new-ish Beckett burner.

    It doesn't run long even in cold weather. I think it's doing pretty good.

    If you have any suggestions I'd love to hear them.

    Thanks for posting!

    Greg

  2. #15
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    Well, anyone who shows up to work on any combustion equipment without a Combustion Analyzer is not a pro, he is a hack. Period.

    As to your setup, there are a lot of things that could cause your readings, but since your not a pro, I am not going to get into it. The reasons we charge what we charge is because it is worth it.

  3. #16
    Quote Originally Posted by meplumber View Post
    Well, anyone who shows up to work on any combustion equipment without a Combustion Analyzer is not a pro, he is a hack. Period.

    As to your setup, there are a lot of things that could cause your readings, but since your not a pro, I am not going to get into it. The reasons we charge what we charge is because it is worth it.
    Well thanks for telling me what I already knew, and not telling me what I need to know. I know some boards are for pros only. I thought this one was for everyone. If it's not a place for people like me to look for help you should say so. Then we won't waste each other's time.

    Greg

  4. #17
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    Quote Originally Posted by takoateli View Post
    Well thanks for telling me what I already knew, and not telling me what I need to know. I know some boards are for pros only. I thought this one was for everyone. If it's not a place for people like me to look for help you should say so. Then we won't waste each other's time.

    Greg
    The site rules clearly say no DIY allowed. It is unfortunate that you are having trouble finding a company in your area to properly adjust your unit. Make a point to specifically ask for CA service, check the map on this site for someone in your area, if no one is, call every company within driving distance and make your request.

  5. #18
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    Quote Originally Posted by takoateli View Post
    Well thanks for telling me what I already knew, and not telling me what I need to know. I know some boards are for pros only. I thought this one was for everyone. If it's not a place for people like me to look for help you should say so. Then we won't waste each other's time.

    Greg
    If you had read the rules when you registered you would have read that this site is for pros only. Others are welcome but won't receive technical help.

  6. #19
    Quote Originally Posted by mason View Post
    The site rules clearly say no DIY allowed. It is unfortunate that you are having trouble finding a company in your area to properly adjust your unit. Make a point to specifically ask for CA service, check the map on this site for someone in your area, if no one is, call every company within driving distance and make your request.
    OK, I missed that it's no DIY. I'll leave you pros to have your circle jerk. Maybe the forum admin can delete my account.

  7. #20
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    Quote Originally Posted by takoateli View Post
    I'll leave you pros to have your circle jerk
    Will you come back and get in the middle... always need a pivot man.

    Seriously though, lots of non "pros" get help on this site but there is no DIY since it puts you in danger of harming yourself or your equipment, as you have already demonstrated with almost leaving your unit improperly tuned and possibly with a more serious issue not being addressed.

    No offense need be taken, the rules are the rules.

  8. #21
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    WK Mechanical. Would probably serve your area.

    Enough DIY combustion.
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