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post #1 of Old 01-03-2007, 12:12 PM Thread Starter
 
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propane or deisel fired burners?

I looking for the pros & cons of propane and deisel burners,any info would be appreciated. thanks Samson
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post #2 of Old 01-30-2007, 12:06 AM
 
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Propane is simple, clean burning, and easy to use. Diesel has numerous components that can and definitely do go bad and very dirty.
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post #3 of Old 01-31-2007, 09:16 AM Thread Starter
 
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biodude,
do you use propane?
and thanks for your reply.
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post #4 of Old 01-31-2007, 09:08 PM
 
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Yeah, we do. Some people like the diesels cause they tell me they can use the fuel off of their truck as well, but they usually have hotsy's, landa's, or some other gas powered pressure washer so they're hauling around two kinds of fuel anyway....
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I read this thread a while ago, and since I have a diesel fired burner, I was ready to respond that way. Boy was I wrong! I was working yesterday cleaning a piece of equipment and I suddenly lost pressure. Steam started coming from my wand, I looked around to see my burner ON FIRE!!! I tried to cut it off but was unsuccessful. I finally got the battery unhooked but before I could, it exploded!!! I thought I had cleaned my last job . Anyway, it's in the shop today and I can only hope that the warranty will cover it. I had only had this unit for about 2 months when it gave trouble, turns out the first time it was the high limit switch, not so much to fix, but this one I just don't know. If anyone else has been through a similar experience.... share. And if the warranty does not cover this, does anyone know where is the cheapest place to purchase another burner? The cheapest one I've seen is $2,000.00!!!

So.... Good luck with which ever way you choose to go.

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Glad to see you're OK! Yeah, a friend of mine has a wash truck with 2 desiel fired burners and has had similar problems. He has since nicknamed that truck "The Dragon" cause it's always shooting fire out of it!
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Glad to see you're OK! Yeah, a friend of mine has a wash truck with 2 desiel fired burners and has had similar problems. He has since nicknamed that truck "The Dragon" cause it's always shooting fire out of it!

Thanks. "The Dragon" That is funny. I believe I will nickname mine.... 'SOLD' to the highest bidder! Have you ever had this sort of problem with propane? I would hate to be beside a propane tank if this happened!

BTW- Nice trucks on your web site!!! Can't wait for my business to grow into that.

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I wish I could take credit for the trucks but they were there long before I strated for the most part.
Actually, I have seen one propane explosion: The pilot to light the burner was corroded and not giving a full flame. The gas valve turned on and allowed the burner to fill with propane before igniting, and then WHOOOOOOOM!!! IT removed some facial hair of the guy trying to light it! It doesn't happen too often, plus a person kinda knows what to look for....
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I read this thread a while ago, and since I have a diesel fired burner, I was ready to respond that way. Boy was I wrong! I was working yesterday cleaning a piece of equipment and I suddenly lost pressure. Steam started coming from my wand, I looked around to see my burner ON FIRE!!! I tried to cut it off but was unsuccessful. I finally got the battery unhooked but before I could, it exploded!!! I thought I had cleaned my last job . Anyway, it's in the shop today and I can only hope that the warranty will cover it. I had only had this unit for about 2 months when it gave trouble, turns out the first time it was the high limit switch, not so much to fix, but this one I just don't know. If anyone else has been through a similar experience.... share. And if the warranty does not cover this, does anyone know where is the cheapest place to purchase another burner? The cheapest one I've seen is $2,000.00!!!

So.... Good luck with which ever way you choose to go.

Stevie
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