Requirements for Perfect Pipe Burners

If you need them, you need the best. Pipe burners are an essential element of the heating process for many industries. They are necessary in providing a consistent, uniform heat supply for cookers, kilns/ovens and processing tanks. A good pipe burner will provide the perfect heat no matter what the size of shape of the tank, including large, small, rectangular, square, sloping and V-bottom.

Combustion and the Design of Pipe Burners

Yet, what aspects go into designing the ideal pipe burner? According to the professionals, good pipe burners must be manufactured with the following aspects of combustion in mind:

  • Air supply
  • Gas supply
  • Head space
  • Venting

The design must capture and utilize thee four or the pipe burner will fail to perform to its maximum capability

Air Supply

No matter what kind of pipe burner you want, it must be able to access the right amount of air: primary or secondary. If it is the former, the control mechanism involves shutters. Secondary air requires no such device. Instead, it is pulled in by the flame (final combustion)

Gas Supply

Without sufficient gas, pipe burners cannot operate to their complete ability. The supply must be clean. It also needs to be the specific fuel for which the pipe burner was designed. Never use propane in a natural gas pipe burner or vice versa. Also be sure to install the proper gas line size.

Head Space

The head space is that which is found between the object being heated on the surface and on the top of the pipe burner. Without proper head space, pipe burners will lack “full flame combustion.” The flame of the burner will be ill-defined and the result could be contact between the flame’s inner cone and the heating surface. This can result in gas leakage and/or incomplete combustion.


When you have combustion, you also have an end result. These are often toxic and/or unwanted gases. It is essential to make sure they are expelled without harm to anyone. This requires not only adequate space for the process of heating, but also a venting system that properly addresses such problems. The system requires unobstructed access to maintain an upward and outward flow of the gases emitted during the process.

When it comes to finding the perfect pipe burner, you need to be concerned with the basic aspects of combustion. As a result, the design of pipe burners must take into account air and gas supply, head space and venting. If you have a pipe burner that matches this design, you can be certain it will work efficiently and effectively at what it does best – manufacturing heat.


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