I've been wanting to build a smokehouse for awhile now and seeing Jerry's at NFL just pushed me into doing it but the weather isn't cooperating. Two weeks ago it rained all weekend, last week I was TDY and got home yesterday to more rain which is supposed to continue through tomorrow. I wanted to get the base built which includes expanding my patio but it is just too wet to do anything out there. Well after seeing all the talk about Keith working on his pipe burner this past week I said "well at least I could get that done even if it is raining". So I ran up to the hardware store today and got eveything I needed.
First off a big Thanks to Boykjo, Jckdanls07, Dave Omak and everyone else who has provided much needed info on making a burner!
Pipe, end caps and a regulator/hose:
I drilled and tapped one end cap for the orifice:
Cut the slits in the pipe:
I needed to ream out all the burrs inside the pipe but had nothing that would reach in that far so I just taped a file to a very long screwdriver and went to town with it:
I started with four 1/4" air holes in the end cap and fired it up, I was getting a lot of yellow flame with the gas turned way down low so as it was burning I started to enlarge the air holes. No good, still a lot of yellow flame so I decided to add more holes. I kept drilling (didn't really care, the cap was only a buck) until I got a good blue flame but I still have to keep the gas turned very low or the yellow comes back.
Here is what I ended up with:
I think I might need a smaller orifice but am concerned I might have cut the slits in the pipe too deep. Would having the slits too deep cause a yellow flame?
Here is the burn with the needle turned very low, any higher will give yellow flame:
Well if the weather ever cooperates and my yard ever dries up I can get started on the base so until then...........
Edited by S2K9K - 5/11/13 at 5:47pm