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I was out in the backyard shop waiting for my forge to get warmed up, when I started noticing my burner makeing a worrying noise here and there. It sounded like the burner was still pumping out gas and sucking in air, but the roaring sound of the flame would cut out every so often.

I've used this burner for a long time and used the same model previously, and both had this in common. Is this something I should be worried about? Both burners are considerably rusty since they're only protected by a tarp that's seen better days, and I'm wondering if that's the cause of the problem.

I kept imagining my tank and forge exploding in my face, so I shut down the forge before it was even preheated and haven't gone back out since. I just want to know if I'm dealing with a time bomb.

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Ross, please don't be offended but I have to ask just to be more clear. Are you running the forge outside or in an area where there is a breeze of some other air movement? I've had an issue in the past with a breeze blowing through my shop and interrupting the proper burn on my little gasser before.

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1 hour ago, M. Cochran said:

Ross, please don't be offended but I have to ask just to be more clear. Are you running the forge outside or in an area where there is a breeze of some other air movement? I've had an issue in the past with a breeze blowing through my shop and interrupting the proper burn on my little gasser before.

My shop is outdoors, and I actually think you hit the nail on the head. I'll take some pictures tomorrow and try to give everything a cleaning, but I know from trying to clean it in the past that the parts aren't going to unscrew.

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I have like to check mine on occasion for dirt dauber nests since they seem to love the burner tubes. As far as rust goes, my burners have some surface rust on the inside and they've been that way since I bought the forge used so I can't say what difference that'll make. 

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I did my inspection yesterday, and after knocking out some loose rust I determined that there was nothing blocking the flow. I'm thinking I have to chalk this up to strong winds and my outdoor shop not working well together. Thanks for all the suggestions, I'm now assured that my burner hasn't become a pipe bomb.

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