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Old 05-13-2012, 04:36 PM   #1
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Default Birthday coming - bayou classic or blichmann?

My birthday is coming up and I would like to take this opportunity to obtain some equipment upgrades. I am currently using a bass pro shop "fish fryer" as my burner and it seems to take a fairly long time to boil water (my boils = 6-7 gals @ start). I have a friend that uses the blichmann burner and it seems to take half of the time or even less.

From what I can tell in pictures, the bayou classic and blichmann burners appear to be much more efficient than what I have.

My problem is, money is a bit of an issue (My mother-in-law has offered to buy me something for brewing and I plan to offer to pay half which was the wife's idea). So, I need to know if the cheaper ones are just as good or is the blichmann so incredible that I simply must choose to go that route?

I am using a 42qt (10.5 gals) economy SS kettle. IIRC maybe 16 inches in diameter.

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Old 05-13-2012, 04:39 PM   #2
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I say go all out and just (save) for the Blichmann. Ive had mine for about 2 years now, wont ever look at another burner again. Ive been nothing less than impressed..Well worth the extra cash...go for it!!

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Old 05-13-2012, 05:37 PM   #3
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same burner... save your money and go with the Bayou

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Another vote for the Bayou Classic KAB4. At Amazon for $87.43 and free shipping!

http://www.amazon.com/Bayou-Classic-.../dp/B0009JXYQY

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My problem is, money is a bit of an issue .....
Ok, sorry if I am outside the box here, but how about sticking an electric element in your kettle and saving money on propane? Perhaps a bare bones E-kettle can be done for the price a burner???
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Go with the bayou.

I fail to see how switching to electric would save on money once all the parts required to go electric are purchased.

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I get my burners from Agri-Supply. They are about $8 plus shipping, and they put out 174,000 BTUs. You might be able to use your existing regulator and hose, plus the stand. We use two of them on our 55 gallon system, and they will bring up 40 gallons of water to about 140 or 150 degrees in under an hour, depending on the ambient temperature. When they are cranked up all the way, it sounds like a jet.

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I fail to see how switching to electric would save on money once all the parts required to go electric are purchased.
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saving money on propane
There it is. At 15 bucks a fill it's not hard to see where the cost savings come in. Having said that, I have a KAB4 and love it. However there is nothing efficient about it. It absolutely tears through propane. It is the Hummer of propane burners.
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I say go all out and just (save) for the Blichmann. Ive had mine for about 2 years now, wont ever look at another burner again. Ive been nothing less than impressed..Well worth the extra cash...go for it!!
Second this. And it doesn't seem to kill propane quite as quickly as the banjo from my experience.
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I get my burners from Agri-Supply. They are about $8 plus shipping, and they put out 174,000 BTUs. You might be able to use your existing regulator and hose, plus the stand. We use two of them on our 55 gallon system, and they will bring up 40 gallons of water to about 140 or 150 degrees in under an hour, depending on the ambient temperature. When they are cranked up all the way, it sounds like a jet.
Thanks for the tip on the cheap burner parts. I will look into this further.
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