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Old 09-13-2019, 02:37 PM   #1
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Water heater burning 'rich'?

Is that even a thing?

Anyway, I have a lot of smoke stain coming from my water heater exhaust grille. No, there's no critters in the burner tube (or whatever it's called). Been there, done that, tossed the carcass. Have the seemingly permanent smoke stain from THAT fire.

This stain is from this past weekend when I had the water heater on for three days. It actually looks like it can rub off (but I hesitate to do that without water, and right now it's at a storage unit).

The smoke isn't visible while the heater is burning.

Thoughts?
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Old 09-13-2019, 04:02 PM   #2
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First thought, that's terribly wrong and don't use it again before it's fixed. As to what's wrong, I don't have a solid answer.

A good read
http://www.everything-about-rving.co...er-heater.html
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Old 09-13-2019, 05:51 PM   #3
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There may be a restriction in the chimney. The burner needs sufficient air to burn cleanly and it also needs to get the exhaust gasses out of the cabinet through the chimney.
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Old 09-15-2019, 11:37 AM   #4
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It’s not smoking now because whatever was in there burned up. Looks like things got very hot! After you open it up I would be interested to see inside! WW has a good point. I would definitely find out what caused it before I used it again!
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Looks like your water heater was trying to light the lantern in your Coleman decal! Sorry-bad joke.
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Old 09-16-2019, 12:33 PM   #6
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Thanks guys. I'll double check the heater tube and check the exhaust. I hadn't thought about the exhaust, but I think that might just be the issue!
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Looks like your water heater was trying to light the lantern in your Coleman decal! Sorry-bad joke.
Bad joke ... but I'd be lying if I didn't see it the same way!
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