Re-light an oil burner

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Re: Re-light an oil burner

Post by southwestern737 » Mon Dec 16, 2019 8:28 am

The link above to model engine plans, they sell a kit for a buzz coil, works great on my Oil fired Mikado. Works on 6 or 12 volts, I used a champion heater igniter has about a 2" reach so it is closer to the fuel spray. Works great.

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Re: Re-light an oil burner

Post by Greg_Lewis » Mon Dec 16, 2019 11:39 am

southwestern737 wrote:
Mon Dec 16, 2019 8:28 am
The link above to model engine plans, they sell a kit for a buzz coil, works great on my Oil fired Mikado. Works on 6 or 12 volts, I used a champion heater igniter has about a 2" reach so it is closer to the fuel spray. Works great.
That looks like the answer. They have some cool stuff that would result in a reliable setup.

But the cheap arc lighters look like they'd be fun to play with. You could take one apart, put the spark gap in the firebox and hide the rest under the tender deck. And you'd only be into it for about ten bucks.
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Re: Re-light an oil burner

Post by Dave_Johnson » Mon Dec 16, 2019 1:01 pm

Tom,
Do you have electric lights for the loco? I use a lawnmower battery that I carry in the boxcar behind the loco.

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Re: Re-light an oil burner

Post by Bill Shields » Mon Dec 16, 2019 9:08 pm

you can stick a coil of nichrome wire inside the firebox.
Too many things going on to bother listing them.

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Re: Re-light an oil burner

Post by NP317 » Mon Dec 16, 2019 9:43 pm

Bill Shields wrote:
Mon Dec 16, 2019 9:08 pm
you can stick a coil of nichrome wire inside the firebox.
That sounds like an excellent method to keep a hot ignition source in the flame path.
I will try that too, if needed.
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Re: Re-light an oil burner

Post by Harlock » Mon Dec 16, 2019 11:46 pm

BBQ lighters will only work with propane, you need a lot more heat and flame to ignite diesel.

I recommend a handheld MAP gas torch to get it going. A propane torch also works.

One bottle will last ages.

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