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Does anyone have any experience in using fuel oil for heaters/boilers firing?
What is the typical size of bucket filter (i.e. mesh size) at pump discharge that supplies acceptable particle size to the burners?
What would be the typical minimum filtration size, anything lower than < 10 micron with bucket filter?
 
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17/05/2016 A: Sudhakara Babu Marpudi, Oman Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company, m_sudhakarababu@yahoo.com
Solid particles in Fuel Oil (FO) would lead to the erosion of burner tips. FO Users can check the composition (blend Components) of Fuel Oil and decide on this. Catalysts presence due the failure of filters in Slurry system (Gulftronics in FCC ???) can be a real threat to burner tips. Quality spec (with reference to particulate size) at the outlet of Gulftronics filters (design) can be a reasonable target for the filter mesh size.
16/03/2016 A: Bruce Carr, Suncor Inc, bcarr@suncor.com
We stopped burning fuel oil about 4 years ago. Looking at our old spec sheets we had bucket strainers on the discharge of the pumps. The mesh size was 0.025". We never had any issues on any of our heaters.