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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 3:47 pm    Post subject: flood light to thaw out a gas line Reply to specific post Reply with quote

My snowmobile started, and ran fine last weekend. Today, it did not even fire. I believe that it is a gas line problem.
I put a Halogen flood light in my dining room light fixture. The temperature of the light is about 250 to 261 degrees, measured with my Infrared Thermometer. I can put my hand next to the lens without burning myself.
If I remove the guard from a trouble light, install this bulb, how long would it take to warm everything under the hood? It is an air cooled 340 twin and I would cover the hood.
If it works well, my 4 wheeler and my snow blower might get the same treatment.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 3:57 pm    Post subject: Re: flood light to thaw out a gas line Reply to specific post Reply with quote

An infrared bulb works better. I would put t in chicken wire or wire fence to prevent it from touching anything. I would also not walk very far away from it while operating. Jim
 
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 4:53 pm    Post subject: Re: flood light to thaw out a gas line Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Why not a 60 or 100w bulb in the trouble lite and a blanket or some 'pink' as a cover ?
 
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 4:53 pm    Post subject: Re: flood light to thaw out a gas line Reply to specific post Reply with quote

That is exactly why I asked the question. I would lay it near the exhaust pipes and have it facing the engine. I am not comfortable having it on unattended, But it is going to be -15 tonight and I do not think I want to be standing around by it. The machine is in the end of a lean to with two tractors that I wish to remain red.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 5:43 pm    Post subject: Re: flood light to thaw out a gas line Reply to specific post Reply with quote

pull the plugs out put a tiny bit of fuel down each cylinder, heat the plugs with a torch put plugs back in and the pull rope
 
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 6:10 pm    Post subject: Re: flood light to thaw out a gas line Reply to specific post Reply with quote

As long as you don't break the bulb and create a spark you could warm a open pan of gas with a bulb.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 6:11 pm    Post subject: Re: flood light to thaw out a gas line Reply to specific post Reply with quote


The heat output is a function of the watts the bulb consumes - halogen does not really do anything for you. The bulb does operate at a higher temperature which would be a fire concern for me. I would think a standard 60 - 75 watt bulb with a canvas over the sled would be plenty for the night. The key is to get it covered well.

I have a heated water bowl in the barn for my mousers (cats). The bottom is heated with 1, 15 watt bulb with a diode in the circuit (approximately 8 watts effective). It keeps the water from freezing down to zero and the top of the water is not covered.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:24 pm    Post subject: Re: flood light to thaw out a gas line Reply to specific post Reply with quote

CVPost-sde wrote:
(quoted from post at 18:47:58 02/08/19) My snowmobile started, and ran fine last weekend. Today, it did not even fire. I believe that it is a gas line problem.
I put a Halogen flood light in my dining room light fixture. The temperature of the light is about 250 to 261 degrees, measured with my Infrared Thermometer. I can put my hand next to the lens without burning myself.
If I remove the guard from a trouble light, install this bulb, how long would it take to warm everything under the hood? It is an air cooled 340 twin and I would cover the hood.
If it works well, my 4 wheeler and my snow blower might get the same treatment.
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A friend buys womens' hair dryers when they are on sale at Wallaby World and uses them to thaw out all sorts of things, cattle waterers, etc..

They are like a miniature forced air heater, and have a couple of heat settings and fan speeds and overheat protection (unlikely to start a fire).
 
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 4:34 am    Post subject: Re: flood light to thaw out a gas line Reply to specific post Reply with quote

snowmobile
need to heat it?
HUH?
snowmobile!
Snow
cold
freezing
just pull the rope
WHEEEEEEEEEE
 
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 6:08 am    Post subject: Re: flood light to thaw out a gas line Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I would at the very least pull it out of the shed. I burnt down a very nice two sow furrowing house with one of those inferred bulbs.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 12:30 pm    Post subject: Re: flood light to thaw out a gas line Reply to specific post Reply with quote

30 to 40 pulls without a hit, and I quit.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 12:35 pm    Post subject: Re: flood light to thaw out a gas line Reply to specific post Reply with quote

This morning I had an idea, again. I am going to take a worthless indoor and outdoor thermometer and put the end under the hood, by the carb. and monitor the temp that way.
I was busy this morning in town and had to rest until now.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 7:38 pm    Post subject: Re: flood light to thaw out a gas line Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I decided to use my heat gun, instead of a light. About 45 minutes later, it started on the first pull. I do not like how hot the metal end piece gets, but I propped it up under the muffler, with a clevis under it to keep it away from a wire loom.
Now I will try to get my 4 wheeler thawed out.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:11 am    Post subject: Re: flood light to thaw out a gas line Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I was going to suggest a heat gun. I bought mine at HF years ago for a song and it really works when you want lots of localized heat. I have been using it the last few days painting the sheet metal on a tractor. Works great at warming up the tin before painting and getting a quick set on the finished product.....then I set the 250w heat lamp behind it to keep the temp above 60F while curing. I DO use it in conjunction with my HF Non-contact Infrared thermometer that also was purchased for a song as you can really get things hot fast if kept on one spot.
 
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