Babington Oil Burner FAQ

Q: Would a cone or cylinder or other shape work instead of a ball(sphere)?      
A: Yes, any curved surface should work.  Flat surfaces do not, as the fuel does not have very good sheeting action.

Q: Does the size of the ball matter all that much?
A: Not really.  A larger ball gives more flexibility with fuel flow.  The original Babington burner used a 3" diameter ball, but some people even use a hole drilled in a 1/2" brass caps for their atomizer.

Q: Should I preheat the air?
A: No, the warm compressed air won't hurt anything, but by the time it goes through the small hole ( read: nozzle ) it will expand and in so doing will
cool significantly, so there's not much point to preheating.

(c) 2004 Tom McCarty
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