Industrial Boilers America soot blowers are used as a system for removing the soot that is deposited on the furnace tubes of a boiler during combustion. Our models are used on other auxiliary equipment such as air preheaters
or wherever excessive fly ash needs removal. The different types of soot blowers are as follows:Wall Blower, Long Retractable Soot Blower (LRSB), Air Heater Blower, Rotary Soot Blowers (Manual and Automatic). The cleaning medium is steam and air. Steam is normally used as a medium for blowing away the soot since a capital cost of steam pressure reducing equipment and drain is less than the cost of compressors, motors and control of air systems. Soot deposited on the heating surfaces of a boiler acts as a heat insulator. The result is that less heat is transferred to the water to raise steam and more heat is wasted up the chimney. This leads to higher fuel consumption and/or poor steaming. A soot fire can be damaging to a boiler because it can cause localized hotspots to occur in the tubes. These hotspots may reach temperatures that weaken the materials of the tubes. Sootblowers reduce the risk of soot fires and their resulting damage. A sootblower may be operated manually or by a remotely controlled motor. The soot, which is removed from the heating surfaces, will be blown out with the flue gases. If the boiler is equipped with a dust collector, it will trap the soot. Otherwise, the soot will be ejected into the outside air through the chimney stack. Ultimately soot blowers are used to increase efficiency and reduce the cost of thermal heat loss and maintenance or repairs because of heat weakened material that could cause leaks in boiler and air preheater tubes.