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This page chronicles my fabrication of the Ron Reil Propane Burner.

This project was completed start to finish in one day, 4th of July 2003. I had an audience of my three brothers, sister, and father who did not believe that this thing would actually work. People who know me know that I love nothing more than to prove people wrong, so the challenge was on!

A word on safety. This project is suitable for ADULTS ONLY. Do not allow little children around when you are constructing and testing any gas burner such as the type described here. I know that I could never forgive myself if anything happened to my child while indulging in this hobby; you should feel the same way!

  • Step 1: Obtain all the pieces necessary for the burner construction. Since I live in a small ( < 1000 people population) community, my local hardware/lumber store did not carry the pieces I needed in black-iron pipe. Instead I needed to patronize a larger plumbing-supply store in the nearby metropolitan area. I chose to use black iron for this project as galvanized gives off toxic fumes when heated. Here is a shopping list of what I obtained.
Qty Item
1 3/4" x 8" pipe nipple
1 1-1/2" x 3/4" reducing bell
1 1" x 3-1/2" pipe nipple
1 1-1/2" x Close pipe nipple
1 1/8" x 3-1/2" brass pipe nipple
1 3/8" x 1/8" brass reducing bell **
1 3/8" Gas-Thread to Pipe-Thread adaptor nipple (brass) **
1 1/8" brass pipe end cap
1 #6-32 thread tap
4 #6-32 set screws
1 Tube of liquid pipe dope
** The brass reducing bell and adaptor were needed in my case to adapt the 1/8" jet tube to the 3/8" left-hand-thread gas fitting on my hose. You may choose to replace these parts with others suitable for your application.

Here you can see the unsuspecting parts laying on the workbench.

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