Slant/fin oil boiler Newbie

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Old 11-13-13, 10:21 AM
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Does anybody know what the red dust is at the bottom of the combustion chamber? I vacuumed out the combustion chamber and got about 4 cups of red powder the colour of rust. It hadn't been cleaned in years.
 
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Old 11-13-13, 12:22 PM
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We went through a discussion of this several years ago. I even went to the point of taking the flakes and dissoving them in both K1 kerosene and water. If you search this forum for "red flakes" I think you will turn that discussion up, along with pictures of the solutions.

Saved ya the trouble... here is the thread:

http://www.doityourself.com/forum/bo...n-chamber.html

My belief is that the red color is the burnt red dye that is added to fuel oil.

If you only got 4 cups after many years, your system is burning quite well!
 
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Thanx NJ

Thanx NJ. Hope I am doing this right.
I thought it might be rust but seeing it is for domestic hot water and runs 24/7, I don't think so.
 
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When you say the boiler hadn't been cleaned in years, does that also mean that the burner has not been serviced the same?

If so, you should probably have that done. You are on 'borrowed time' now...
 
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Burner service

You're right, time for a complete check.
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