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CCSV: Does this flame seem right? Pics inside...


Fire Starter
Joined Jan 20, 2011
I put together my CCSV last night and figured I would fire it up a little while ago just for kicks before I seasoned it. I put it on low for about 10 mins and the temp on the outside therm said 180. When I opened it up, I saw the following:

On Low with a little breeze:


 On Medium same conditions:


So I guess my question is this: Are the orange flames the norm at these temps or is it the infamous CCSV burner problem that I have read so much about? Of course when the wind hit the flame it became even more orange, but I tried to do my best at getting shots when the breeze was at a minimum. What do you guys think? What should be my next step? Thanks in advance!



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Joined Oct 26, 2010
to me it looks normal,  it flared up when you opened the door and it got more oxygen and looks like the wind is swirling around inside your box.


Fire Starter
Thread starter
Joined Jan 20, 2011
I have read that the orange flame is not a good thing. I dont know if orange flames on med heat is the norm or not. And on high, it looked like a bonfire...lol


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Joined Feb 7, 2009
Hi and welcome to SMF,

You flame should be blue with orange tips, since it is new you might have to adjust the Air Bleed Valve to have a blue flame, it might be found at the orifice or on the tube between the orifice and the burner.  You might want to try searching for Dick Bullard's post "GOSM Burner Flame Qview, there are photos there that show the Air Bleed valve.

Another thing might be altitude, if you are at a high altitude that can effect the flame,then you might have to change the orifice.



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Joined Dec 15, 2007
This is an excerpt from an e-mail that I received from Brett at Camp Chef when I had that problem a few years ago.  Hope this helps. On edit:  If I had your e-mail address, I would forward the whole file to you.  It has a picture showing what he's talking about.  I'm just not smart enough to post it here as it's a PDF file.
I have seen this problem a couple of times andthere are a few things you can check.  If you look behind the faceplate ofthe smoker where the valve is you can see where it goes into the venturitube.  First adjust the valve to make sure it is aligned and shooting gasstraight into the tube.  You may have to bend the brackets on the manifoldtube that connect it to the drum.  If the valve is not straight with theventuri tube which connects to the burner then the burner will not getenough air and will cause it to burn yellow.  The second problem you couldbe having is the screen on your venturi tube where air is drawn in hasbecome plugged.  This is a fairly tight screen and sometimes with the greaseand dust it will fill with dirt so the burner is not getting enough air.You could use a toothbrush with soap and water to clean this screen.  One ofthese 2 or both should solve the problem and reduce the amount of yellowflame you are getting.
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