Oil Burner FAQ
Q: Would a cone or cylinder or other shape work instead of a
A: Yes, any curved surface should work. Flat surfaces do not, as
the fuel does not have very good sheeting action.
Q: Does the size of the ball matter all that much?
A: Not really. A larger ball gives more flexibility with fuel
flow. The original Babington burner used a 3" diameter ball, but
some people even use a hole drilled in a 1/2" brass caps for their
Q: Should I preheat the air?
A: No, the warm compressed air won't hurt anything, but by the time it
goes through the small hole ( read: nozzle ) it will expand and in so
cool significantly, so there's not much point to preheating.
(c) 2004 Tom McCarty
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