hot air ballooning
balloon picture ballooning

Balloons over Britain








The Burner is like the engine of the hot air balloon. It is what propels the hot air up into the envelope to make the balloon move upwards into the air. There are many different types of burner available - single, double, up to quad systems, depending on the size of the balloon flying. These days, due to the advancement in balloon technology, it is also possible to get the burner designed to your own specific requirements. For example, if you required an ultra quiet flame system or a burner frame made from a specific type of material this could all be easily arranged.


Modern hot air balloons use propane in the burner to heat the air. The propane is stored in cylinders which are kept in the balloon basket, along with the passengers and the pilot. The propane is highly compressed in canisters and flows to the burner in liquid form. When the pilot starts the burner up, the propane flows to it and is ignited by a pilot light. As the flame burns, its heats up the metal in the surrounding tubing and when the tubing becomes hot it heats the propane flowing through it. This process changes the propane from a liquid to a gas before it is ignited. The gas makes for a more powerful flame and an overall more efficient fuel consumption.


You can get a wide variety of different burner systems. They differ mainly on the number of actual burners included. Most popular is the double system which is made up of 2 sections but it is also possible to get triple and quad systems where 3 or 4 burners are linked together, obviously providing a much stronger, more powerful flame. A balloon can be powered by just a single burner, it all depends on the size of the envelope. On smaller flights, with 1 or 2 passengers, a single system will normally suffice; it's the larger commercial flights where the more powerful systems need to be introduced.

hot air balloon ride balloon flights