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Residential Heating Solutions from Beckett®

For over 80 years Beckett products have been the number one choice of homeowners and contractors for their furnaces, boilers, and water heaters. As North America's foremost brand of burners, Beckett continues to provide industry leading design, reliability, and support. All backed by a comprehensive warranty program that ensures you will have years of trouble-free operation.

Commercial Heating/Steam Solutions from Beckett®

As North America's leading brand of burners, you can have peace of mind in using a Beckett burner on your next commercial project. With the environment in mind, we have the most comprehensive lineup of biofuel rated burners in the industry. Supported by a broad network of trained technicians, choosing a Beckett burner for your next commercial project ensures your building will have years of trouble-free operation while reducing your equipment’s impact on the environment. A return on investment for future generations.

Road Maintenance Solutions from Beckett®

When the sun is blazing and you're responsible for keeping Americas roads maintained, you'll want a burner that's as hard working as you are. Beckett's lineup of DC burners provides mobile heat for all types of road maintenance equipment. With their ease of service and parts availability from coast to coast, you can ensure the job gets done when the heat is on.

Heated Pressure Washing Solutions from Beckett®

For over 30 years Beckett has served the pressure washer market in providing rugged yet reliable burners and components for the pressure washer industry. Our compact DC powered burners provide off-grid dependable operation in the wettest of environments. All backed by a comprehensive warranty program that ensures you will have years of trouble-free operation. So, when the "pressure" is on to get a job done, you can rely on Beckett to keep you in "hot water".

Agriculture / Greenhouse Solutions from Beckett®

With a wide range of capacities, Beckett has served the needs of the agricultural industry for over 20 years. Our proven experience in the combustion field allows us to work with appliance engineers to ensure the strictest of parameters are met when drying organic products. Beckett's modular burner platform provides the most flexibility in applications while offering the most comprehensive lineup of biofuel rated burners in the industry. This ensures efficient reliable heat for future generations.

Construction Solutions from Beckett®

When freezing temperatures hit your job sites and you need dependable heat, consider Beckett for the job. From the Arctic circle to Antarctica, Beckett has proven to be the burner of choice in the harshest most remote environments. Our robust, user-friendly design provide quick maintenance and dependable operation to ensure your site stays warm.

Food Processing Solutions from Beckett®

Beckett burners and components are used in food processing applications all over the world. From bakery ovens, coffee roasters, dehydrators, and industrial process lines, Beckett robust, reliable products reduce line down time and ensure an uninterrupted output.

R.W. Beckett

From tank to flame, Beckett delivers the most technically advanced product line in the industry — burners, igniters, controls, and accessories designed to meet the performance requirements of the industry while meeting the demands of biofuels to reduce emissions and meet carbon reduction goals. Explore all that Beckett has to offer below by selecting a brand, product category, or simply filtering through the entire product offering.

Westwood by Beckett

With the acquisition of Westwood Products in 2021, Beckett added depth and diversity to its already impressive catalog. In addition to the Tigerloop suite of Oil Dearaetors which has been transitioned to our Beckett branded offering, our Westwood by Beckett product offering includes fuel filters, electrodes, tank accessories, and many other HVAC service and repair items. The line includes B100 filters which, in conjunction with the Tigerloop Bio models, completes Beckett’s industry leading suite of B100 rated components from tank-to-flame and further positions as the market leader in the drive to alternative fuels.

Residential Heating Solutions from Beckett®

For over 80 years Beckett products have been the number one choice of homeowners and contractors for their furnaces, boilers, and water heaters. As North America's foremost brand of burners, Beckett continues to provide industry leading design, reliability, and support. All backed by a comprehensive warranty program that ensures you will have years of trouble-free operation.

Commercial Heating/Steam Solutions from Beckett®

As North America's leading brand of burners, you can have peace of mind in using a Beckett burner on your next commercial project. With the environment in mind, we have the most comprehensive lineup of biofuel rated burners in the industry. Supported by a broad network of trained technicians, choosing a Beckett burner for your next commercial project ensures your building will have years of trouble-free operation while reducing your equipment’s impact on the environment. A return on investment for future generations.

Road Maintenance Solutions from Beckett®

When the sun is blazing and you're responsible for keeping Americas roads maintained, you'll want a burner that's as hard working as you are. Beckett's lineup of DC burners provides mobile heat for all types of road maintenance equipment. With their ease of service and parts availability from coast to coast, you can ensure the job gets done when the heat is on.

Heated Pressure Washing Solutions from Beckett®

For over 30 years Beckett has served the pressure washer market in providing rugged yet reliable burners and components for the pressure washer industry. Our compact DC powered burners provide off-grid dependable operation in the wettest of environments. All backed by a comprehensive warranty program that ensures you will have years of trouble-free operation. So, when the "pressure" is on to get a job done, you can rely on Beckett to keep you in "hot water".

Agriculture / Greenhouse Solutions from Beckett®

With a wide range of capacities, Beckett has served the needs of the agricultural industry for over 20 years. Our proven experience in the combustion field allows us to work with appliance engineers to ensure the strictest of parameters are met when drying organic products. Beckett's modular burner platform provides the most flexibility in applications while offering the most comprehensive lineup of biofuel rated burners in the industry. This ensures efficient reliable heat for future generations.

Construction Solutions from Beckett®

When freezing temperatures hit your job sites and you need dependable heat, consider Beckett for the job. From the Arctic circle to Antarctica, Beckett has proven to be the burner of choice in the harshest most remote environments. Our robust, user-friendly design provide quick maintenance and dependable operation to ensure your site stays warm.

Food Processing Solutions from Beckett®

Beckett burners and components are used in food processing applications all over the world. From bakery ovens, coffee roasters, dehydrators, and industrial process lines, Beckett robust, reliable products reduce line down time and ensure an uninterrupted output.

Beckett Oil Burners

R.W. Beckett oil-fired burners were created with customer satisfaction and sustainability in mind. Our utilization of advanced components results in higher efficiency and reliability, all while reducing carbon emissions.

Our burners are suitable for a multitude of needs. They are certified for firing traditional heating oils, biodiesel blends (B20), and renewable diesel blends (R95). Truly versatile, our burners are available in AC and DC voltages and in capacities from 0.40 to 35.0 GPH. Applicable uses range from residential homes to commercial buildings, for both industrial and process installations, R.W. Beckett can meet your demands. After installation our proven burners provide years of reliable service with strong and accessible technical support.

Beckett Gas Burners

R.W. Beckett gas-fired burners were created with customer satisfaction and sustainability in mind. Our utilization of advanced components results in higher efficiency, reliability, and accessibility, all while reducing carbon emissions.

Available in capacities ranging from 250 to 5,000 MBH, our burners are suitable for a multitude of needs. Applicable uses range from residential homes to commercial, for both industrial and process installations, R.W. Beckett can meet your demands. Our burners are easy to install and service, engineered to provide years of reliable service, and backed by solid technical support and fast delivery.

Beckett GeniSys® Burner Primary Safety Controls

R.W. Beckett’s burner controls were created with customer satisfaction and safety in mind. Our entire suite of burner controls utilizes the most current technology to safely control the combustion process.

Available in both AC and DC voltages for off-grid applications, our controls are suitable for a multitude of needs. Our new GeniSys® model 7565 Advanced Burner Control is compatible with the myTechnician™ app for modernized accessibility. The app assists with diagnostics, troubleshooting, and more. With applicable uses of our controls ranging from residential homes to commercial buildings, to process applications R.W. Beckett can meet your demands. Our multitude of models offer both fixed and programmable options and serve as a direct replacement for many competitive combustion controls.

Beckett AquaSmart® Boiler Safety Controls

R.W. Beckett’s boiler controls were created with customer satisfaction and sustainability in mind. The boiler control was built using Beckett’s proprietary HeatManager® algorithm which saves fuel by minimizing operating temperature, reducing energy consumption without sacrificing homeowner comfort.

Applicable to both oil and gas-fired boilers, the control is convenient for any household. With our digital display and touch pad we have made for a more intuitive experience, allowing for flexible programming of temperature limits and other settings.

Beckett Powerlight® Igniters

R.W. Beckett igniters were created with customer satisfaction and reliability in mind. Providing an advanced option for oil-fired burners, our Powerlight® igniter also serves as a universal replacement for other manufacturers’ igniters.

Available in a variety of AC and DC voltages for off-grid applications, our product is suitable for a multitude of needs. Designed for various applications, our igniter can be found in residential homes, commercial property, and even high-moisture environments.

Beckett Tigerloop® Oil Deaerators

R.W. Beckett’s oil deaerators were created with customer satisfaction and efficiency in mind. With over 30 years of fine-tuning, the Tigerloop® is the most advanced oil deaerator in the world.

With its unmatched performance, Tigerloop® can handle capacities up to 50 GPH and is compatible with different heating fuels, depending on the model. The standard model is compatible with #1 and #2 heating oil and B5 Bioheat, while the Bio model accepts biofuel blends up to B100. Catering to many needs, our oil deaerator is also a safe, economical, and environmentally friendly choice for all supply systems.

Beckett Oil Filters

Beckett branded Spin-on filters are epoxy coated, UL Listed or UL Recognized and rated from 10 to 15 microns. Commercial Spin-on filters are rated for 52 GPH, 20 PSI, and 30 Microns. The line includes a cast aluminum tops, Filter Life Indicator (FLi™) gauge and is suitable for #1 and #2 fuel oil and rated up to B100 bio-fuels.

Westwood by Beckett canister filters feature cast iron tops and epoxy coated canisters. Element options include Classic Felt, cellulose acetate, and Classic Yarn. UL Listed/Recognized canister filters exceed GPH and pressure ratings of most competitors.

Beckett Connected Devices

R.W Beckett’s internet connected products were created with customer satisfaction and accessibility in mind. With our modernized approach, these products can be remotely accessed through our mobile app or web browser.

Through the myTechnician™ mobile app, connected products come with multiple features including troubleshooting, product programming and diagnostics. With the BeckettLink® connected tank gauge system and Wi-Fi hub, end users and oil dealers can use the Beckett Dealer Dashboard to be alerted remotely if the tank drops below predetermined levels.

For your convenience, Tank Accessories has been divided into distinct categories to help you find the products you need. Please click the links below to see all the products in each of these categories.

Beckett Electrodes and Insulators

RW Beckett manufacturers hundreds of Westwood electrodes, flame rods and spark ignitors. Many are sold through distribution and additional items are available for OEM customers for special applications. RW Beckett can manufacture specialty electrodes to your specifications. The Auburn and Champion brands are also available.

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Applying The Appropriate Combustion Head

Bulletins, Burners, Other Components

In this bulletin we will address the following questions:

  • What is a combustion head?
  • What is a non-flame retention head and how does it work?
  • What is a flame retention head and how does it work?
  • What are the different types of flame retention heads?
  • Which head should be used and on which units?

The combustion head (also referred to as the turbulator, fire ring, retention ring or end cone) creates a specific pattern of air at the end of the air tube. The air is directed in such a way as to force oxygen into the oil spray so the oil can burn. The combustion head is one link in the chain necessary to burn the oil efficiently. In order to do its work properly, the combustion head must have support. The blower housing must deliver the right amount of air at the proper pressure and the fuel pump and nozzle must deliver the right amount of fuel at the proper pressure. So, the combustion head is only one part in a complete system, but it is a very important part.

Non-Retention Head

Historically, the first combustion heads used were referred to as non-flame retention heads. The base of the flame is usually a good distance off the surface of the head and thus not “retained” or locked onto the head.

These heads are typically very simple in construction, usually consisting of a large hole in the end of the air tube. Some add a “spinner” or “turbulator” inside the air tube.

The spinner or turbulator creates a swirl pattern of air before passing through the large hole. This head produces a loose long flame because the velocity of the air passing through the head is so low due to the large opening in the head. As the need for higher burner efficiencies arose, the next generation of burner heads was born.

 

Retention Head

The majority of combustion heads in the field today are flame retention heads. These heads differ from the non-flame retention heads in that the flame is held very close to the face of the head. The flame is smaller and more compact and usually is 300° to 500°F hotter than with non-flame retention heads.

The flame retention head incorporates three basic elements. We will refer to these as (1) center opening, (2) primary slots and (3) secondary opening. The center opening is an orifice in the center of the head which allows clearance for the oil spray and the electrode spark to pass through the head without interfering with the head. The primary slots are the slots that radiate out from the center opening towards the outside of the head. The secondary opening is a slot which is concentric to the center opening and follows the circumference of the combustion head. All three openings affect the way air is delivered to the oil spray.

Retention Head Elements

The center opening has the least desirable affect on combustion. Air will always take the path of least resistance, so the larger the center opening the more the air will tend to pass through this opening and push the flame out away from the face of the head. This air travels in a forward motion only. Likewise, the smaller the center opening, the more the air will be forced to seek its passageway through the other openings in the combustion head.

The primary slots are where the most important mixing of oil and air occur. The slot width regulates the amount and the velocity of the air passing through the slot. This is where the air acquires a spinning action. This air moves mostly in a rotary motion with some forward movement. Narrow slots will cause the air to spin at a high rotary velocity and a low forward velocity. This condition will cause the best mixing of air and oil which will make the flame compact, intense and efficient. The primary slots also aid in keeping the surface of the head clean and free from carbon. The greater the number of slots, the cleaner the head will be kept because a head with many slots has smaller surfaces to keep clean.

The secondary slot performs two functions. The first is to enclose the flame in an envelope of air, thus helping to contain stray oil droplets and allow them to be burned. Some heads incorporate the use of a sleeve on the end of the tube which helps to turn the air into the flame. The second function, and probably the most important, is to meter the air necessary to achieve the required firing rate. The metering of air is accomplished through the width of the slot. The width can be varied through the use of a variety of one piece heads with a fixed secondary slot according to the firing rate for which it was designed. Or, the head must be able to move against or away from a ring thus closing or opening the secondary slot according to the firing rate requirements.

Different Types

Although there appears to be a wide variety of flame retention heads on the market and in the field, this is not the case. Most heads found today can be classified as either a fixed head or as avariable head. And, if you look closely at each group, you will discover that they are very similar. Each contains the three basic elements of construction: a center opening, primary slots and a secondary slot. The only major difference is the method of controlling the secondary opening. The fixed head group has the secondary opening preset to a specific opening size for a specific firing rate range. The variable head group allows the head to move forward and backward against a ring in order to change the secondary opening according to the firing rate requirements.

Generally speaking, it is advisable to choose a flame retention head over a non-flame retention head in the majority of applications. There are a few existing heating units in the field which have used a non-flame retention head in a steel chamber. These units can be retrofitted with a new burner and non-flame retention head or could use a flame retention head with the addition of a chamber liner as a safety feature against the hotter flame temperatures of the flame retention head. In any case, very seldom is a non-retention head used or needed.

How To Choose

Of the two types of retention heads (fixed or variable), here are some general guidelines.

The fixed head is an excellent performer in most warm air applications. Since the chamber in these units becomes red hot, any oil which is not burned in the flame is usually ignited by the heat of the chamber. As with warm air units, a fixed head will also work very well in the majority of boiler applications. It is always necessary to choose a head whose firing rate range is closely matched to the firing rate requirements of the heating unit. As an example, if the firing rate of the heating unit is 1.50 GPH and head #1 has a range of .85-1.65 GPH and head #2 has a range of 1.10-2.00 GPH, the head to choose for the highest performance would be head #1 (the .85-1.65 GPH head).

The reason is that the higher rated head #2 has a larger secondary slot than the lower rated head to enable it to reach the top end of its range. Either head will work, but the higher rated head #2 will probably not reach the same performance levels as the lower rated head because of the extra air it will allow through the secondary slot.

The variable head is also an excellent performer in most warm air applications. The type of application where the variable head goes beyond the performance capabilities of the fixed head is in the hard-to-fire boiler applications. The variable head gives the user two advantages over the fixed head. The first advantage is the ability to fine tune the position of the head so as to supply the flame with the precise amount of air through the secondary slot that it needs in order to achieve the highest performance levels. The second advantage is that most variable heads are actually recessed into
the air tube which protects the flame base from being blown off by recirculating flue gases within the chamber. This type of head is an excellent answer to the pulsating or loss of retention problem.

Summary

In general, a fixed head is simple and easy to use and, in most cases, will perform very well. Most appreciate the simplicity of the one-piece fixed head. For those few hard-to-fire applications, a variable head is a good choice. The solution of a problem far outweighs the requirement to fine tune the head. There are also some variable heads which allow you to adjust to a set position optimum for the desired rate. This eliminates the need to have an infinite number of positions to choose from.