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Old 06-09-2008, 03:02 PM   #1
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Default Any drawbacks to the Bayou Classic SQ-14?

I'm researching a new burner for my setup and it looks like everyone who owns a Bayou Classic SQ-14 is pretty happy with it. Seems to be a very cost effective solution without having to build something.
For those that use it, have you noticed any drawbacks?

Anyone want to stear me away and suggest something else? Ideallu I'd like t spend less then 60.00, and keep in mind this will be a second burner. My king kooker already does a fab job.

BTW this will be used for 10 gallon batches

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The only downside I can think of is that it's too short to rack into a carboy from unless you elevate it. I find that a cinderblock laying on it's side for each side of the burner does the trick perfectly.

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I've been using it for a while, and I like it better than the Banjo. Very easy to control the flame, and it seems to run a lot cleaner. Plenty big and robust to hold a keggle. As you know, I've just been doing five gallon batches, but it brings those to a boil quickly enough where I have no doubt it'll work well for 10 (I know lots of others use it for bigger batches).

Is this to be integrated into the Basement Brewery, or is this for a portable setup?

EDIT: You want to borrow mine and see how you like it?

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The only downside I can think of is that it's too short to rack into a carboy from unless you elevate it. I find that a cinderblock laying on it's side for each side of the burner does the trick perfectly.
Sounds like an easy enough work around. I already have cinder blocks in place so I can rack to my 14.5 gal conical.
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Is this to be integrated into the Basement Brewery, or is this for a portable setup?
EDIT: You want to borrow mine and see how you like it?
It will be used mostly in the basement brewery, but also as a portable set-up for brewing and picnics. Seems to be a much more low profile unit then my king kooker.
I got to thinking about this after reading about Evan!'s double batch day. I figure I could brew up 20 gallons, and it would only add about 90-120 minutes to my brewday.
As far as borrowing yours, let me get back to you on that.
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I have no complaints about mine other than having to move the brew kettle to fill the fermenter. Not a big issue with 5G batches in my aluminum pot, but 10G batches would be a challenge.

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I've been using the sq-14 for awhile and have no complaints about it. I will agree with the other replies that you have to put it on blocks if you want to siphon to your fermenter. The unit itself is nice, not very heavy yet plenty sturdy. I've brought mine to family picnics to use for cooking big pots of lobsters and other shellfish. I got mine for $45 including shipping off ebay, definitely worth the money IMO.

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I have one, and a King Cooker. The SQ-14 is much more flimsy than the KC, but is probably adequate. The only real problem I have with it is the lack of a wind shield. On a couple of occasions, the flame has been blown out during the boil. (Only a problem on windy days.) One day, I'll get around to fabricating a wind shield for it

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I have one, and a King Cooker. The SQ-14 is much more flimsy than the KC, but is probably adequate. The only real problem I have with it is the lack of a wind shield. On a couple of occasions, the flame has been blown out during the boil. (Only a problem on windy days.) One day, I'll get around to fabricating a wind shield for it

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Will a keggle fit on a King Cooker? I thought that one was ill-suited for keggles because of the circular base, but maybe i'm thinking of a different make.
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My keggle's fit just fine on my King Kooker. In fact the model I have could easily support something wider in diameter then a keggle.

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My keggle's fit just fine on my King Kooker. In fact the model I have could easily support something wider in diameter then a keggle.
Good to know. I must have been thinking of one of the other round stand cookers.
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