Converting Propane Burners to Diesel

NJWashingGuy

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I bought a used Silver Eagle Manufacturing Propane Burner setup. To no avail, I cannot get these things to work. I am done with the Propane Route. (all propane computers, transformers, igniters, valves, propane tanks and truck mounts for the propane tanks are for sale)
I would like to convert this setup to a diesel fired unit. Is it just simple as getting a complete burner assembly, mounting it, plugging it in, connecting flow switch and thermostat and I am off and running?
I would like to cut the whole thing in half since it is two burners in tandem as one unit, which makes moving this very difficult. I was going to weld up a frame, with the mounting plate for the burner assembly, and see if I can get it to work. I will be running 8gpm @ 3000 psi through it.
What can I expect to have difficulty with? The coil has small spacers in it which I have not seen before. Will this create a problem keeping heat in the coil? Can this be corrected with a plate inside the burner to keep heat in?
This is getting old fast and I want to get moving on this.
Thanks in advance for any replies,
Mike
 
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Russ Johnson

Equipment Expert
I'm not familiar with what the burner mounting looks like. A diesel burner needs a hole about 5" around with 3 - 4 mounting studs. A coil is a coil, so if we can get the burner mounted, it should work fine.
 

tomtucson

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I thought the propane coils were all spaced apart inside to let the air through since theres no blower - naturally aspirated? - farleys could tell you about it.
 

NJWashingGuy

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I thought the propane coils were all spaced apart inside to let the air through since theres no blower - naturally aspirated? - farleys could tell you about it.

They do have the spacers in the coil, does this present a problem on the diesel style system?? will I get less heat rise?? Is there a way to keep the heat in such as a plate in the center of the coil so that the heat has to go around it and in theory stay inside longer? I have fabricating to do anyway...so whats a bit more.

Thanks so far for the response.
 

NJWashingGuy

New member
All the coils on my burners have plates on top of the coil to hold in heat/flame.

I was thinking that making sure that there is a good coil wrap and the top ceramic cover would help, but will the heat rise too fast through a vertical burner with the open spacers in the coil to make the heat rise (temperature)not worth the work...
 

Chris Tharpe

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take a piece of sheet metal and have it bent to cover the outsides of the coil, this way only air can escape from the inside of it on each end, place a burner at one end and have a plate welded inside the other end to keep the flame inside the chaimber. I would think the plate needs to be about 6 inches down from the end of the coil
 
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