In the first two modules of Series 1: The Basics of Oil Burners, we reviewed combustion basics, fuel pump operation, and burner set-up adjustments required for efficient, clean oil burner operation. In Module 3: Combustion Testing Factors, we'll highlight a number of factors that can influence combustion test results including:

  • Draft regulators
    • How do they work?
    • How to size and install draft regulators and where do the go in the vent system?
    • What if you have multiple appliances on the same vent system?
  • Understanding the various types of oil nozzles and nozzle spray patterns
    • Solid vs Hollow vs Semi-solid. What does each mean for combustion?
    • When should you change from original OEM spec’s for the nozzle and why?
  • What role does oil temperature play in combustion quality?
    • What happens as oil changes with ambient temperature changes?
    • Viscosity, what is it and how does it impact the burner?
  • Remember the Mix!
    • Air to fuel ratio. Impact of Fuel rich/air lean vs Fuel lean/air rich on combustion and appliance efficiency
  • A review of how to understand and apply pump pressure charts as it relates to combustion testing
  • Dry soot vs Wet soot. What causes each and how to adjust

The session is approximately 80-minutes including a presentation and Q&A Session with our Technical Specialist, Jim Todd.


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Jim Todd

Jim-ToddBased in Watertown, CT, Jim has been in the HVAC industry for over 35 years. His career began driving a range oil truck and progressed into service, management, system design, and expert witness work. He holds a Connecticut S1, Unlimited Heating and Cooling Contractors license, various HVAC certifications, He is also a national member of OESP and a published vocational author.

Jim’s career as a vocational educator began in 1979, specializing in the mechanical trades. His career as an educator includes 20 years as an evening Vocational Instructor within the Connecticut Trade School system training plumbing and heating apprentices.

Presently he is a Technical Sales and Support Leader for R.W. Beckett working directly with numerous customers, wholesalers, sales, and factory engineers and OEM personnel, performing technical support and training. His broad knowledge, analytical skills, and experience are also tapped for field root cause investigations and as an expert witness. Jim also works directly with design, development, and application engineers. These skills, combined with his commitment to the trade, make Jim a highly regarded as a technical resource and trainer.