2NozzlesThe nozzle prepares the fuel oil for combustion by atomizing, metering and patterning the oil.Atomizing the oil is by breaking the oil into tiny droplets through the use of pressure.
3Nozzles The smallest droplets ignite first. The larger droplets provide more heat transfer when they are ignited.
4Nozzle ConstructionThe porous filter is made of brass or steel and catches any sediment that may have bypassed the tank filter and the pump strainer.The filters purpose is to prevent blockage of the nozzle orifice.
6Atomization Atomization is a complex process The movement of the oil must be changed to a circular swirling motion opposite that of the airflow from the combustion head.
7AtomizationThe fuel enters the orifice of the nozzle through the swirl chamber where this swirling motion takes affect.
8Nozzle sizeThe bore size of the orifice in the nozzle is designed to allow a certain amount of fuel to pass through at a given pressure to produce the fuel flow desired.
9Nozzle size The fuel flow controls the BTU input to the appliance. Each nozzle is marked as to the amount of fuel it will deliver.
10Nozzle MarkingsA nozzle marked 1.00 will deliver 1 gallon of no 2. oil per hour with an input pressure of 100 psi and an oil temperature of 60 degrees.A nozzle marked .8 GPH will deliver 112,000 BTU/hr
11Nozzle MarkingsRemember, 1 gallon of no.2 oil will produce 140,000 BTU’s/hr.140,000 X .8 = 112,000
12Nozzle PatternThe nozzle must have a uniform spray pattern and an angle that is best suited for the specific burner and combustion chamber.
17Hollow Cone NozzlesHollow cone nozzles usually produce a more stable spray angle and pattern than solid cone nozzles of the same flow rate do.Often used when the flow rate is less then 1GPH.
18Solid Cone NozzlesDistribute droplets fairly evenly throughout the pattern.Often used on larger burners with a flow rate of greater than 1 gph.
19Semi solid Nozzles Often used instead of hollow or solid cone nozzles. The higher flow rate produce a more solid spray pattern, and the lower flow rates produce a hollow spray pattern.
20Nozzle ReplacementThe nozzle is a precision device that must be handled carefully.These nozzles are not intended for cleaning or rebuilding in the field.Cleaning with a wire brush or metal instruments will distort the passages in the nozzle.
21Nozzle ReplacementHandling the inlet filter leave deposits from your hands that can be pushed through the orifice.New Nozzles must be kept in their shipping containers and not allowed to roll around in the tool box.
22Nozzle wrenchA nozzle wrench should be used to remove the nozzle to prevent damage.This tool takes the place of the two wrenches that would otherwise be required to hold the nozzle and its adapter for removal.( usually ¾ and 5/8” wrenches)
23Nozzle Performance All nozzles are rated for 100 psi of pressure. A nozzle stamped with 1.00 gph will produce psi.If the pressure changes the rating is no longer valid.If a 1.00 gph nozzle is used and the pump pressure is adjusted to 125 psi, the nozzle will actually be discharging 1.12 gph.
24Nozzle Sizing Name plate will have the nozzle size or BTU ratings. If missing use the following:GPH = BTU INPUT/140,000If BTU Input is missing use the output divided by 112,000 (GPH of oil at 80%)
25Low Pressure A nozzle at low pressure will have A weak spray pattern Under fires burnerDroplets of oil are larger and that lowers efficiency and increases smoke.
26High Pressure High pressure nozzles: Create smaller droplets Increase the flow rateAre sometimes better for cold oil and ignition problems.
27Effects of pressure Some manufacturers are: Using higher pump pressures, up to 300 psi.Lowering nozzle sizeGaining efficiency (makes the burners burn cleaner)
28Nozzle CleanlinessThe nozzle wrench must be kept clean, or it will do more harm than good.Debris often packs into the wrench and can transfer to the end of the nozzle.Clean the wrench after every use to prevent this from happening.
29ImpingementImpingement is when the flame is touching any part of the combustion chamber.When this happens the combustion chamber will get damaged very easily and will need replacement. ( if practical)This can be caused by using the wrong size nozzle, wrong spray pattern, wrong pump pressure.