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Old 11-08-2007, 08:57 PM   #1
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Hi guys, I'm making a 3 tier system. I already have keggles I've been using and I bought 3 of these burners:

http://www.agrisupplyco.com/cgi-bin/cgiitmls?m=ThisP&p=30295.000000&l=1



I was wondering if anyone knew the best distance between the burner and keg. I think these burners are 170,000 BTU at 20 or 30 PSI, I can't imagine them pumping out that much heat at 10 PSI or less. So I would think with those high pressures I may need to keep some sizable space between the keg and burner.

Last time I brewed I was using a smaller rated burner, running at 10 PSI, and I had about 3.5" of space b/w the burner and keg, but that was as close as I could get it b/c of frame constraints.

Any idea what I should shoot for? I can always shorter the gap to some degree, but I'd rather build once and tweak as little as possible.

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Old 11-08-2007, 11:33 PM   #2
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Search for this in the forums. There have been a few good threads already.

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Old 11-09-2007, 12:12 AM   #3
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Are you aware that you can buy JUST the burner of the KA4 Banjo Burner, for $25 ea., with FREE SHIPPING?

Of course, you'll still have to find out how close to mount them...and you'll need a hi-press reg...

http://www.amazon.com/Bayou-Classic-BG14-Banjo-Burner/dp/B0009JXYTG

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Sounds like you already bought the burners you have. I have 2 banjos in my rig, and IMHO, they may be cool, but they're overkill. I never have to turn them up past 50%, so you could very easily go with a smaller burner and get the job done. The 170k burners will work great, and they are WAY easier to mount/shield. Stick with what you got, and try to keep the burner 4" from the bottom of the vessel. If you shield it properly, the burner will be way more efficient.

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I agree that the burner he bought is perfectly acceptable. I use one on my turkey fryer and it can get a nice boil going pretty quickly. It's good enough for my needs, but I don't do 10 gallon batches.

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Old 11-09-2007, 03:33 AM   #6
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Well I do ~13 gallons batches, so I've bought these burners to be able to heat water for the mash quickly and come to a boil afterwards in short time. 170,000 BTU/hour is way overkill, I agree. It's only ~20k BTU to bring 50 degree water to a boil, so assuming 40% efficiency of the burner and pot set up, that's only 20 minutes to a boil at full blast. I have variable regulator I will run with these burners so I should be able to tweak the power output easily.

For now I suppose I'll start by mounting them about 4 inches off the keggle bottoms, and I'll make up some shrouding to help the efficiency.

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