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Old 09-09-2009, 01:00 AM   #1
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Hi yall.

Haven't made a post in awhile or even done anything related to brewing in several months. Spent a couple months in Europe, plus school started and been busy with that.

This might have been covered in another thread, but here's my situation:

I moved into a smaller apartment that has a gas stove. (rare for any apartment I've seen) It appears one large pot can be placed across two burners on one side.

Here's a pic with my celly:



My idea is to find a brew pot to boil about 6 gallons of wort (I'm tired of partial boils). Also note the pot would have to clear the microwave right above at a height of about 12".

Thoughts of energy costs aside, would this work?

Make another note, I have NOT yet been to the local home brew shop to see what they have...yet

Just want to make sure this would work before I buy anything.

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Old 09-09-2009, 01:04 AM   #2
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You might want to check out this thread.

I regularly do full 6 gallon boils on my stovetop, and I haven't even insulated my pot yet. I do, however, straddle it across two burners.

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Old 09-09-2009, 01:51 AM   #3
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You might want to check out this thread.

I regularly do full 6 gallon boils on my stovetop, and I haven't even insulated my pot yet. I do, however, straddle it across two burners.
Excellent. I found that thread just after posting. Fantastic info, but I'm weary about catching something on fire with the gas stove. Looks like I'll have to make a trip to home brew shop and see what they have.

Does your pot fit all the way across?
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I straddle my 7gal turkey fryer pot across my two gas burners for a 6 gal boil every time I brew. I would just try a boil 6 gal of plain water to see if you can do it first.

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I see an electrical outlet in the back ground...perhaps a heatstick could help that old stove bring wort to a boil. Even a small 1500 watt element and the most basic burner would likely achieve a decent boil.

GFI on the outlet for safety! Can't tell from the pic but not too hard to add one.

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Excellent. I found that thread just after posting. Fantastic info, but I'm weary about catching something on fire with the gas stove. Looks like I'll have to make a trip to home brew shop and see what they have.

Does your pot fit all the way across?
No, it does not. I currently use some aluminum foil as a sort of skirt around the pot and burners to help direct the flames that aren't directly underneath the pot.
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I use one burner (no straddling here) and can bring 6.5 gallons to a boil. It takes a long time and it isn't very vigorous, but I made some great beers that way before I switched to propane outside. The burner I use looks like the size of your front burners there.

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No, it does not. I currently use some aluminum foil as a sort of skirt around the pot and burners to help direct the flames that aren't directly underneath the pot.
I messed around with this and I would suggest extreme caution. It is pretty easy to create a gas tent that can explode or flame burst, trust me

However, I did buy some "burner skirts" that seem to help. They fit on tightly and no risk of a gas bomb.
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Old 09-09-2009, 05:17 AM   #9
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I think your biggest problem would be clearance.

6 gallon pots are usually quite tall.

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I do the same, with two burners on my stove, but I dont have clearance issues. Look at getting a graniteware pot, its what i use. It is a bit shorter and wider, perfect for two burners and sits 12" exactly high. It is an 8.5 gallon pot. paid 45 shipped from amazon

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