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Engine spits out fire

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Hi. I have a Tecumseh OH180, cast iron 18 hp overhead valve, on my Sears GT18. I recently aquired the tractor from a savlage yard. It starts fine. Runs smooth. Little if any smoke but its shooting lots of little embers out of the muffler, drove it at night and it was very noticeable, muffler had a blue-red glow coming from it. I doubt its safe to use around anything flamable or in really dry conditions. Could it be a carbon build up under the head? This is my first OHV engine. Anyone have any tips? Thanks. Chris

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