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jaylaforte 04-04-2013 04:11 PM

Blichmann vs Bubba burner
I'm looking to buy a new burner for 10 gallon batches and was pretty much set to go Blichmann until a friend introduced me to Bubba's Barrels burner (http://www.bubbasbarrels.com/55-gall...tand-pre-order).

I can't find much information on Bubba's burner other than the blog and video posted on the site so I was wondering if anyone here had any good info about it. I'm not sure if it's overkill for my needs currently but it would also be nice to know that I can go to a 55 gallon boil in the future.

Thanks for any input!

Crito 04-04-2013 05:00 PM

I like my blichman burner. Low pressure is the way to go. High pressure will make u waste propane

Pratzie 04-04-2013 05:12 PM

Just looking at the BTU's and the fact it states its designed for 42-55 gallon batches, i def think it'd be overkill. I have a Blichmann and it sips fuel and does a great job of bringing my stuff to a boil very quickly. Blichmann's site says it will get a full ten gallon batch from 68 to boiling in around 40 minutes but mine def does it faster then that, especially if i keep the lid on my keggle.

Im sure the Bubba would prob get ur stuff rolling a bit faster but i don't think it'll make a big enough difference to be beneficial with regards to how much fuel u will use per batch.

jaylaforte 04-04-2013 05:35 PM

Thanks for the great (and quick) feedback! Considering I don't plan on doing 55 gallon boils for quite some time I'm going to go with Blichmann.

Thanks again!!

Crito 04-04-2013 05:40 PM

My boils take longer..I try to control the heat escaping from the sides. .. but the low pressure burners saves a lot of fuel. You will call BS on how long one of my tanks last. Its unbelievable.

My ten and under gallon burner uses five inch diameter low pressure one I bought from a sporting goods store for ten bucks and replaced the turkey burner on the stand. Its rated 55k btu and my Blich is 75ish. I love the stand on the blich, worth the extra money.

day_trippr 04-05-2013 01:19 AM

First, the Blichmann burners as sold are configured for high-pressure gas (0-10 psi - way above "low pressure", which is around .4 psi).

Second, high pressure or low pressure is not what "wastes gas". What wastes gas is poor combustion, a mis-match between burner and kettle, or user error.

Third, the Bubba Burner appears to use the same BG-14 "banjo burner" element as the Blichmann.

Finally, the Bubba stand looks like it's optimized for full barrels. Not sure how well that will work with a 15 to 20 gallon kettle or keggle. But for sure a lot of that black paint is going to burn off in short order, while the Blichmann is all stainless steel...


LuiInIdaho 04-06-2013 05:28 PM

I was looking at the capacity and the price of the Bubba Burner. The burner looks like it is designed for way more capacity than I would ever need. Secondly, it's price makes the Blichmann look inexpensive. This is interesting given that many people complain that the Blichmann is too expensive.

Finally I really do like the two Blichmanns that I have


Cyclman 04-07-2013 07:58 AM

Looove my Blich burner. Can't go wrong with it.

jaylaforte 04-08-2013 03:34 PM

I will hopefully be getting the Blichmann as a birthday gift today. I brewed 15 gallons yesterday and it took about two hours on my current burner to get the strike water from 58 up to 178 (I mash with a 70qt cooler and the 178 drops to 150 when added to cooler and grain).

If Blichmann's website information is correct it looks like I could've accomplished the same task in a little over 20 minutes with their burner... Can't wait to report back on its performance. I also can't wait to shave some serious time off my brew day!

Thanks again for everyone's feedback - I appreciate it!

jaylaforte 04-08-2013 07:26 PM

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Just got a nice birthday surprise in the mail! I'm blown away by the build quality of the Blichmann burner... If you're curious - I took a picture of the burner I was using (a friend's turkey fryer burner) as well as the Blichmann. The beer behind the Blichmann burner is Yooper's 60 min randallized with whole leaf Simcoe hops to celebrate the new beer gear!

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