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xmacro 09-28-2012 02:51 AM

Bayou Classic SP10 - not worth buying
 
Took 2 hours, TWO HOURS to bring 5 gallons in a 10-gallon megapot to a boil on my first attempt at brewing 5 gallons. The flames weren't very tall, barely reached the pot and couldn't be made to go higher - I tinkered with the air intake, I tinkered with the valve - nothing. THe very tip top of the out blue flame barely hit the pot; couldn't get the inner blue flame, the hottest one, to rise up. Mind you I was doing this in Florida - it's 90****ing degrees out here, the water STARTED at 95 degrees before I even lit the burner - STILL TWO HOURS. It literally rose 1 degree per minute - I measured it

Good news is, Amazon is amazing - there's a reason I always buy from them; returning it was easy, and now I'm gonna buy the Blichmann Burner - it may be 3x the cost, but hell, if it can bring 5 gallons to a boil in under an hour and lasts for years, it'll be worth it

sarsnik 09-28-2012 04:30 AM

Two things:

There must be something wrong with your burner - I used to boil with the SP10 in 30 mins from 70F.

I believe the blichmann is just a stainless version of the SQ14. The SQ14 might be cheaper.

jfrizzell 09-28-2012 04:44 AM

Yep. Yours was a lemon. Used an SP10 for years with no issues.

mountainman13 09-28-2012 05:16 AM

Never a problem with my SP10. You will love the Blichmann, though.

BirdmanBrewingCo 09-28-2012 03:02 PM

Agree with other posters. That doesn't seem right.

BobTheFourth 09-28-2012 03:05 PM

I had this problem with mine at first - I was convinced the burner was defective. Turns out I just didn't read the directions. You need to close the little valve on the regulator all the way, then connect the hose to the tank, then open the tank valve. Then, while holding a lighter near the burner, slowly open the mini valve. Should light right up.

kh54s10 09-28-2012 03:13 PM

DEFINITELY WORTH BUYING!

There was something wrong with yours.

I go from mash temps to boiling in 10 - 15 minutes. Once at a boil I have to turn it down to about 1/4 open.

allenH 09-28-2012 03:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BobTheFourth
I had this problem with mine at first - I was convinced the burner was defective. Turns out I just didn't read the directions. You need to close the little valve on the regulator all the way, then connect the hose to the tank, then open the tank valve. Then, while holding a lighter near the burner, slowly open the mini valve. Should light right up.

+1. Had the same problem with another brand burner, used an entire 15gal propane tank to try to boil 6.5gal, this fixed it

Bricks41 09-28-2012 03:21 PM

Agreed, something was not right...

I bought my SP10 at the end of July. No problems getting 6.5-7 gallons up to mash temp (115 out of tap to 164+-) even on a low flame in 15-20 minutes. I can get from mash to boil in less than 20 minutes. Once at a boil, I have the burner barely on and get a real nice boil going. One tank lasted 4 batches.

khugs21 09-28-2012 03:34 PM

I have too agree with everyone else. My burner has seen about 100+ batches and still running strong! Call them up and see if you can get a replacement or see whats wrong.


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