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    I have a 2x6 leader and I am not sure what size BTU oil burner to get. Any help appreciated! Who else has done this and what did you do with the firebox? Bricks? Im looking forward to NEVER cutting wood again! Ken

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    Leader suggests a Carlin #102, firing at 3-3.5 gph.
    Dave Klish about 400 taps, down from much more. Retired from collecting and boiling in 2021. Mostly because of a bad hip.
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    https://leaderevaporator.com/content...d-Oil-Arch.pdf

    I would say these are starting points. When I built my 3x12 I tried several different size and pattern nozzles and pressures before it boiled like I wanted.
    William
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    Thank you for the info. I have a few follow up questions now. Should I fill the fire box up to where the grates are? I was going to brick the area and insulate it. Also I see in the link that William posted that leader says to use a 6" stack with oil. I think my stack for wood is at 10" (have to go out and measure) Do you think my draft will be affected by this difference? I am thinking of a damper in the stack if necessary. Ken

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