The Components Of A Waste Oil Furnace
There are a couple of elements that all waste oil furnaces will have: a heat exchanger, a burner, and a pump. These are necessary for the furnace to function. The difference lies in how each of these elements work together and maximize the heat production. Let’s talk about some of the differentiators for each of these elements.
Traditionally, burners are hardwired into your waste oil furnace and uses a standard Beckett 6,000V ignition transformer. This is all fine and dandy until the coiled springs in your ignition transform slide off the buss bars and misfire, which can and does happen with traditional burners. Additionally, if you are in the market specifically for a waste oil furnace, you want to make sure that your burner is engineered for waste oil recycling. If it’s not, your furnace will likely not operate very efficiently and lead to significant maintenance and repair needs down the line.
Look for a burner that is optimized for waste oil combustion and can operate with all types of waste oil, including regular and synthetic. You may also want to consider a high-voltage ignition transformer, like our Clean Burn 14,000V ignition. The flat contact posts on the discharge pegs are placed against the round buss bar to ensure a hot ignition spark and smooth start, all while minimizing the potential for misfiring. Last, but certainly not least, depending on your familiarity with your waste oil furnace, you may want to look into on-board diagnostics capabilities that make maintenance easy.
Most waste oil furnaces feature a pump that has plastic components. These components can be easily replaced when needed, which, unfortunately seems to be more often than not. Traditional manufacturing also includes a supply line with a maximum distance of 90 feet. Depending on the needs of your work space and the tenacity you require from your waste oil furnace, this pump may work just fine for you. However, if longevity is something you value in your machinery, you may want to consider a pump that has steel components and are more heavy duty.
The Clean Burn waste oil furnace pump features steel gears and a steel drive shaft to provide a sturdy foundation and long lifespan. This heavy-duty and high efficiency parts prolong the life cycle while maximizing efficiency of your waste oil furnace.
The Heat Exchanger
All heat exchangers do the same job: they exchange heat. More specifically, they transfer heat from one fluid to another without the fluids mixing. There are a number of different ways that heat exchangers work in a waste oil furnace, however, and not all of these methods are created equally. Most heat exchanges operate with a “blast tube” design. With a blast tube, you see more heat exhausted up the chimney and a significant reduction in surface area which leads to less heat output into the space you’re trying to heat. When considering waste oil furnaces, you want to look for a high-efficiency heat exchanger that has a larger surface area to maximize the heat transfer and limits the amount of heat that’s exhausted.
Clean Burn waste oil furnaces feature an energy retention disk that helps the heat exchanger capture more heat per gallon by diverting the flame path. This increases the heat generation while lowering the stack temperature, resulting in one of the most efficient waste oil furnaces on the market.
So, How Do You Find The Best Waste Oil Furnace?
When looking for a waste oil furnace for your work space, you want to make sure you do your research and compare the different features each manufacturer has to offer. Each type of heat exchanger, pump, and burner comes equipped with their own pros and cons, so it is entirely dependent on the needs of your organization. If you are looking for a heavy-duty, high-efficiency, and low-maintenance waste oil furnace that’s backed by the number one warranty in the industry, look no further than Clean Burn.
Interstate Energy is proud to be your local, authorized Clean Burn distributor in Colorado and Eastern Wyoming. Contact us today to learn more about our Clean Burn waste oil furnace options.