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Greeting folks! I am building a ribbon burner forge and was looking for some plumbing advise. I have a regulator and hose and I have the 2x3/4” Tee that I have reduced The 3/4” down to 1/2”. Do I simply feed the gas to it through the needle valve or do I need something in between to reduce it more. Any advise/tips/tricks would be greatly appreciated. I posted this in the ribbon burner section but haven’t got a reply yet so I figured I’d try here. Thanks, Joe 

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Good Morning Joe,

Use an adjustable Propane Regulator, don't count on the needle valve for control. You get a lot finer adjustment in the Regulator and you won't bump the handle for the regulator, when you turn around and bump something. You can also put a gate valve on the Air-out side of the Blower. Two ways to adjust to get the perfect balance.

Neil

 

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Mine goes from braided line to copper tube (flare), then flare to NPT adapter, then pressure gauge, then needle valve, then the nozzle. This was suggested to me so that I could set the max line pressure with the regulator and gauge, then fine tune with the needle valve depending on what the flame looks like. It helped me a ton. I set my max line pressure to 2psi, and then I know that I am tuning in that range with my gate valve and needle valve. 

 

I forgot to say regulator to braided line, oops!

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If you just HAVE to have one, put the pressure gauge on the regulator there is a female fitting for one on the output side. Next install a 1/4 turn ball valve so you can shut the gas off quickly, far from a potential fires. Put the needle valve at the burner. 

Frosty The Lucky.

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Thanks for all the replies y’all!

14 hours ago, MCalvert said:

Mine goes from braided line to copper tube (flare), then flare to NPT adapter, then pressure gauge, then needle valve, then the nozzle. This was suggested to me so that I could set the max line pressure with the regulator and gauge, then fine tune with the needle valve depending on what the flame looks like. It helped me a ton. I set my max line pressure to 2psi, and then I know that I am tuning in that range with my gate valve and needle valve. 

 

I forgot to say regulator to braided line, oops!

When you say nozzle, what part are you talkin about? Does the gas need to be fed into the pipe through a certain fitting or just through the 1/4” pipe? I have a Venturi burner that feeds with a .030 mug tip and was wondering if I need to do something similar with the ribbon setup.

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