Orange Flame & Black Soot

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by thaihillbilly, Jul 21, 2016.

  1. thaihillbilly

    thaihillbilly Newbie

    My old gas cooker died after a good 10 years outdoor here in Central Thailand. Can't remember the brand name but it was built in Australia and sold here. I salvaged the top and then built brick around it.  Had 3 steel pipe burners made, new regulator and good gas.

    But here is where the problem lies. Plenty of orange flame and black soot.

    Suggestions welcome. And yes I do know that I have no idea on what I am doing..
  2. hank2000

    hank2000 Smoking Fanatic

    Looks like you do not have enough air going to it. Looks like it's all gas. You need some way to pull air into the burners before u get to the gas and some way to regalate I the air to gas mixter. Look at a store bought grill if you can find one to see how they done it most have a disk were the gas line hooks to the burner with holes in it you just open or close the holes by turning the disk until you get a nice blue flame Good luck
  3. Like Hank said you need to get air into the burner tubes. You want a blue flame and the soot will go away
  4. thaihillbilly

    thaihillbilly Newbie

    Thanks for the input and now I have to figure out how to get air.
  5. slysmoke

    slysmoke Smoke Blower

    Been a long time since I did a DIY pipe burner, but I found this that looks like it might be something that could be adapted to your rig.

    Would be better if you could find a way to selectively block air holes partially until you get the flame you are after.
  6. thaihillbilly

    thaihillbilly Newbie

    Thanks for the excellent suggestions. So I have built an air flow valve and a small blue flame is starting to appear. SlySmoker showed gas pipe reducers, sounds like my next step.

    A closer look.

  7. thaihillbilly

    thaihillbilly Newbie

    I have been told that patience is a virtue. Who cares, I just want my BBQ grill to work. Still have orange flames and very little blue flames. Here is my new setup.

    I added air flow adjustable valves for all three burners.

    Yes, some of the burners are plugged up with paint and I will fix that. However, that is not the main problem. Which is not enough air. Any suggestions?

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