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Ken D.
Ken D. Member Posts: 836
A hand pump will be much safer such as a Fireomatic force or "Jig" pump. They don't apply too much pressure. 25 years ago I used a CO2 cartridge and had streams of oil shooting out of an oil line that was under a concrete veneer all over the laundry the customer had hanging in the basement. A lesson learned the hard way.


  • jdl
    jdl Member Posts: 13
    beckett burner misfiring

    I have a 3 y.o.Beckett AFG oil burner. It started to "hunt" a month ago. It fires for about 15 to 20 sec. and then monemtarily cuts out, recatches and repeats the cycle over and over. Sometimes it cuts out and I need to re-start. I changed the filter and nozzle, but no change. If I crack the fuel vent, even to a slow drip,it stops burning, but catches as soon as I close the vent. It always runs steady a couple of minutes on start-up , then returns to the "hunt". Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
  • Jim Davis_3
    Jim Davis_3 Member Posts: 578

    The most likely cause is that it is sucking air in through a fitting, filter gasket, pump seal etc. On occassion a oil coupling that attaches the pump to the motor can slip but this doesn't sound like your problem as described.
  • Al Gregory
    Al Gregory Member Posts: 260

    Pump screen or line is probably clogged. Is there an OSV valve on the system
  • Mike Beaulieu
    Mike Beaulieu Member Posts: 5
    Beckett Burner

    Oil line is most likly plugged. Usully at the tank shut off valve.Remove oil line at the burner and blow out the line with CO2 cartridges and change the tank filter again.
  • J.C.A._3
    J.C.A._3 Member Posts: 2,981
    RESIST the temptation.....

    To do what the last poster proposed!!!!!

    There is a reason they're called "Blow out guns". They can blow out WAY more than some sediment, and make for quite a mess after the fact.

    Call a pro. This isn't something to be futzing with if your not knowledgable, and in most states licensed to work on an oil burner.

    Please disreguard the CO2 gun comment!!!Danger. Chris
  • jdl
    jdl Member Posts: 13
    Difficulty getting fuel to Beckett

    Hi. I disconnected fuel supplyline (return type system) at burner and put supply tube directly in 5 gal. can of fuel. Ran beautiful. Should I blow the line(about 30' 3/8" copper) out with compressed air. If so, will running the motor and pump be able to recharge the line? Also, the supply and return lines go thru my basement wall to a burried 1000gal tank. One is 3'high off the floor and the other is 4'. Which one would be the supply? Thanks in advance, jdl
  • Weezbo
    Weezbo Member Posts: 6,232
    compressed air ..got to be careful.....

    the tanks may be vented however unless it is something like a blow out gun you might be a victum of your own good intentions....the pipe to the burner usually has a filter arrangement someplace in the vicinity...if not may i suggest you get a valve, plug,general,and a suntec osv combo and a tigerloopcombo :)
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