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Old 12-31-2008, 09:37 PM   #1
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Default 44 Quart Kettle - Worth the money?

I'm looking at this kettle from Home Depot, any thoughts, good or bad?

Bayou Classic 44 Qt. Stainless Steel Fryer/Steamer Pot with Basket and Lid - 1144 at The Home Depot

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Old 12-31-2008, 09:51 PM   #2
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Try this site for aluminum stock pots. You have to call the toll-free number to order; I'm going with a 60 qt. 4mm aluminum pot for my Westinghouse Brewery. Aluminum is much more economical and made of nice thick material.

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Old 12-31-2008, 09:57 PM   #3
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I've got a gift card to Home Depot, that's why I'm looking there, but thanks!

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Old 01-01-2009, 01:04 AM   #4
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It will be tough to do 10 gallon batches in the 11 gallon pot. The price seems a little high if you only need the pot (unless you want to dual use it for shrimp, crawfish, etc..).

I would wait until next weekend. After the holidays, a lot of company's slash the prices on them. You might even be able to get one that includes a burner. Also, check mulitple HDs, they carry different stuff.

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Old 01-01-2009, 01:16 AM   #5
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I'll be doing 5 gallon batches in this pot, I should have mentioned that. I know everyone says you'll end up doing 10 gallons eventually, but I won't be brewing anything over 5 gallons, even when I jump to AG.

I'll keep my eyes peeled for discounts, but the HD pot listed is online only...

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Old 01-01-2009, 01:24 AM   #6
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that seems pretty expensive... i saw a 8 gallon enamaled steel stock pot with basket at walmart just 2 days ago for less then 80$... you might look around, if you got the HD card and it makes the price mroe economical then go for it but other then that i would sugest looking around somemore, if your only doing 5 gallon batches 11 gallons of space seems kind of a waste and i would also hope you have an aux buner and not useing a stove top because to boil this much water on a regular stove burner would take a rather long time.

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I was thinking I could use the steamer pot to hold my grain bag for steeping specialty grains, that way I can keep the grains off the bottom of the pot.

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I think these at waresdirect are nicer and less expensive. The 60 qt SS is the same price as the 44 qt Bayou Classic. They have a nice thick bottom. They come with a lid, but no strainer basket. I bought a 24 qt for making cheese. The 60 qt would be great for 10 gallon batches. The 40 qt would do well for 5 gallon batches.

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I have a couple Bayou Classic pots and they work great. They are not heavy gauge but they're nice. I don't think I would use on my stove top for anything but water but I've never had a problem with my using them with my burner.

I don't have a basket but I think your idea of using it to hold you grain bag is pretty cool.

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I think these at waresdirect are nicer and less expensive. The 60 qt SS is the same price as the 44 qt Bayou Classic. They have a nice thick bottom. They come with a lid, but no strainer basket. I bought a 24 qt for making cheese. The 60 qt would be great for 10 gallon batches. The 40 qt would do well for 5 gallon batches.
Thanks for the heads up on that site, I ordered the 40 quart pot, looking forward to full boils out in the cold!

See, this is why I like to get the input of the HBT peanut gallery. I always learn something, find out about a new place to shop, save money, and increase the size of my wiener! You guys are great.
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