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Old 07-02-2010, 01:54 AM   #1
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I was walking through the store tonight picking up briquettes for barbecuing this weekend and came across a 1600 Watt electric grill. I couldn't find the exact one, but it was a lot like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Aussie-Electri...035009&sr=8-18

but only it was $35 and the thermostat rating was up to 450F. If it works, I can't imagine controlling the temp for mashing would be worse than my stove.

What are the odds are that I'll be able to get a full boil going on it. Or is it going to be one of those, it will boil but I have to wait for an hour to get it there.

I've been thinking about going the propane turkey fryer route. But $35 is pretty cheap.

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Old 07-02-2010, 02:10 AM   #2
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Save your money and do it right. A sturdy turkey fryer will go a long way...if you're lucky, it'll come with a ss pot!

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1600 watts could boil about 3 gallons of water in a reasonable amount of time. A turkey fryer could do 14.

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I calculated the theoretical 100% efficiency. It would take 8 gallons from mashout at 170F to boiling (at my elevation 200F) in 22 minutes.

How that compare to a fryer?

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2000w submerged in water can just barely boil 5 gallons. Your 1600w outside the pot will be worse off in 2 ways.

55000 BTU Turkey fryer in the real world takes about 35min to do 12gal from 160 to my boiling (206F).

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Two burners on my range can do it in about 25 minutes. That can't be more than 2000 watts.

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I emailed www.bayoubrewkettle.com and they gave me (all homebrewtalk users) a 10% off coupon on anything they sell. Just use: hbtwebsite at checkout. They have banjo cookers, etc.

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