Plumber's furnace with aux burner

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Plumber's furnace with aux burner

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I have never seen a plumber's furnace with an auxiliary burner before today. Ran across this at one of the semi-local junque shops today and just had to have it. Sorry about the crummy photos, I can take and post better if anyone is interested.

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The knob is missing from the pump, as you can see. Small lettering on the burner support says Hempy Cooper MFG. I think.
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They are beasts if you get them working.

Nevada Ed has a working model, Clayton Lambert.

I have a Cedarberg kerosene furnace.

Used to melt lead for old oakum and lead joints on sewer pipes. Also, to heat soldering irons.

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A few things about that say "Turner" to me. Can't see ow the second burner is useful in that position though. It has a pre-heat tray under the burner but it couldn't be used in that position. It looks like the style of burner used in an iron oven (a plumber's furnace designed to heat soldering irons, not an oven made of iron) but would need to be horizontal and have some kind of support for the irons.
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Nice find. I have never seen that auxiliary burner before. I hope you get it working.
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Thanks for the comments. Good point about the angle of the aux burner, maybe it swivels to the horizontal for use and back up for storage? Hopefully I’ll find out when I get to working on it. So far my googling hasn’t found any other examples like this, though my “google fu” can be weak at times. Any other comments, questions, or information are greatly appreciated.
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I'm sure the second burner was added by a PO. As for swinging to the horizontal, unless that big nut next to the burner is a union, doing so would just cause a joint or two to leak. If it is a union, I think you'll find that unscrewing those just to make the burner easier to transport isn't very practical.
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You are probably right GH. Oh well, it looks interesting anyway.
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It looks like the kind of thing somebody would build using plumbing skills and supplies...
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Gavercronos wrote: Tue Nov 23, 2021 5:45 pm It looks like the kind of thing somebody would build using plumbing skills and supplies...
Actually, that extra burner looks like something you would have added, Will!
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Here's a couple pictures of my Turner, with and without the windscreen. You can see the similarities in the in the bras spider that connects the uprights to the tank and in the shape of the burner and preheat pan to the aux burner on yours. My burner has Turner cast into the top.
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Very nice! I see what you meant earlier and I must agree, there are features on yours and mine that look a lot alike.
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