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    I think the breather tube setup on the O-340 is really a great idea - letting it burn off in the exhaust. I've never seen a plane that kept its belly so clean. But now that winter is at hand and I'm thinking about putting the Carbon Cub EX on skis I'm wondering if there is a potential problem with the breather freezing? With O-320's and an aluminum tube it is common in cold country to wrap the tube with insulation and drill a small hole about half way down the tube as a blow by in case the moisture pumped out the tube freezes. But this isn't practical to do with the O-340 setup and maybe not necessary. It surely won't be freezing at the end like a conventional tube could. Maybe just wrap it with some pipe insulation? Any ideas on this?

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    Dan

    I would wrap the tube with some kind of insulation, include the elbow fitting at the engine case. This elbow is probably the only place it could freeze up. I would probably stay away from the foam type insulation for this application.

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    Dan

    I would wrap the tube with some kind of insulation, include the elbow fitting at the engine case. This elbow is probably the only place it could freeze up. I would probably stay away from the foam type insulation for this application.

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    Hi Mitch, Do you think Firesleeve would work OK over the elbow? I've been trying to come up with a heat resistant solution and it seems like a short section of Firesleeve might work out.

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    Dan

    I think that a piece of fire sleeve would work good. I would cover the whole fitting ( upper fitting) and about 2" of the rubber hose.

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    It was a tight fit sliding a piece of Firesleeve over the fitting and hose clamp but it should do the job now.
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