Introduction to Combustion Theory & Fuel Oil Pumps

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This course was designed for:

  • Trained Industry Technicians
  • Vocational School Instructors and Students
  • All Members of the Heating Industry


Today’s heating industry is more demanding and technically driven than ever before. But even with all of today’s innovations, a thorough understanding of the basics of the combustion cycle and the technician’s ability to properly prime and service a fuel oil pump is fundamental. In Course 1, we’ll provide that foundation that will drive your success as a technician. This course consists of seven (7) lessons, each designed to build on one another. A short quiz will follow each lesson. When you’ve completed the course, you will be able to:

  • List the components of a combustion cycle
  • Understand importance of good combustion on appliance performance and efficiency
  • Understand the importance of combustion air, factors that impact combustion and how to verify you have enough
  • Identify liquid heating fuels allowed for use in Beckett’s oil burners
  • Grasp the impact of viscosity, cloud point, pour point and vacuum on fuel supply and combustion
  • Understand importance of proper draft control to fuel fired appliances, how to apply and install
  • Understand fuel oil pumps; Identify components, start up and testing