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smartin1019 Member Posts: 5
Was down in the basement when the oil burner fired up. Noticed a small puff of smoke came out where the main pipe comes out the top. Is this a sign of trouble?


  • icesailor
    icesailor Member Posts: 7,265

    Not usually catastrophic.
  • billtwocase
    billtwocase Member Posts: 2,385
    pics would help here. I wouldn't go out on a limb and say no problem. Could be delayed ignition, breech draft issue, flue collector issue, etc. Be safe, get it looked at
  • smartin1019
    smartin1019 Member Posts: 5
    Thanks when you say delayed ignition when I was in the basement I heard the burner kick on but it took at least 2 or 3 seconds before it actually fired. Think it may just be time for a new burner.
  • BobC
    BobC Member Posts: 5,407
    The burner you have may just need to be tuned up, a good tech will figure out whats wrong and how to fix it. It might be best to put a new oil burner on the boiler but don't assume that without knowing why.

    Smith G8-3 with EZ Gas @ 90,000 BTU, Single pipe steam
    Vaporstat with a 12oz cut-out and 4oz cut-in
    3PSI gauge
  • billtwocase
    billtwocase Member Posts: 2,385
    Don't throw the baby out with the bath water. Electrodes are cheaper than burners. What do you have for a unit and burner? Any pics?