Originally Posted by LBussy
The heartburn I have with the fancier ones (Blichman) is that a guy REALLY seems to be paying for the name (and the SS of course). For instance there does not seem to be a functional difference between the "Kick A Banjo Burner Plus
" at $98 and the "Blichmann Floor Burner
" at $149.
I am aware that the "jet" burners are less efficient, but then again that one I had way back when was FAST. Making a 1/2 BBL batch was pretty nice on that.
They are functionally different. While you are paying for the stainless (and a bit for the name) with the Blichmann, simply looking at the 2 will show they are different.
There is a lot more "air" between the burner and the kettle with the KAB series of burners leading to decreased wind performance, decreased heat transfer and ultimately, lower gas efficiency. They have the same burner, but the mount/stand design does make a difference.
Also, the BTU rating of the KAB is the output of the burner, but because of the amount of space between the burner and the kettle, the actual heat transfer to the kettle is significantly lower.
But as I said, my friends are very happy with theirs and I am happy with my choice.
I mauled over the same options when I was researching for a new burner.