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Old 08-23-2008, 04:43 AM   #1
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I am looking to buy a propane burner, but not sure how many BTUs is recommended or sufficient for batches up to 10 gallons? I have seen burners that offer 210,000 BTUs. Are they propane guzzlers? What are the benefits of high or low pressure burners?

Just trying to balance the BTU output with the operating cost.

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Old 08-23-2008, 01:52 PM   #2
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A 210,000 BTU burner will use four times as much propane as a 50,000 BTU one, wide open. It will also heat your water/wort four times as fast.

I use a 55,000 BTU turkey fryer without any problems, but for ten gallon batches more would be better.

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I have a 60k btu and can boil 25 gallons, it just takes awhile, about an hour. For 10 gallons I'd get a 100k btu burner, thats what I'm getting next just to save time. If you have natural gas to your home I'd go that route, cheaper, easier, never runs out.

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Old 08-23-2008, 02:29 PM   #4
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Does anybody know where to get natural gas burners?

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Keep in mind that you can have TOO much power. A banjo burner will easily send flames up the side of your vessel, and that's all wasted heat/propane. Get something that provides an intense, controlled flame that is easily kept under the kettle. I've been hearing good things about the SQ14. I have 2 banjos, but since I'm building a new rig, I'm looking for something a little more efficient.

If you're buying just the burner, keep in mind what it will take to mount it. The bajo IMHO is the biggest PITA to mount. The BG10 (high pressure 170k burner for $15) is probably the easiest.

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I have not dealt with these folks, but this is by far the best price I have seen for a natural gas burner:

http://www.cpapc.com/store/32-Tip-Ro...-P470C244.aspx

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Old 08-24-2008, 04:38 AM   #7
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I got this burner stand at Costco for 175 bucks. 40.000 BTU and i do 15 gal batches. Takes a little longer but it's nice and mellow. no boil overs.. I like it cause i can gravity feed my sparge water..

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Does anybody know where to get natural gas burners?
http://www.cpapc.com/store/32-Tip-Ro...-P470C244.aspx

dont forget youll also need a pressure regulator like on your stove and safety valve would be a good idea as well.
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Default big ASS burner

I purchased a 440,000 BTU 44 array Jet Burner for my 55 gal kettle. Im taq welding an additional ss plate to bottom for fear of melting my kettle... is this overkill (the burner)? I plan on hardlining a pump to circulate, potentially during the entire boil. should I try to plug some of the jets? Im using natural gas.

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I purchased a 440,000 BTU 44 array Jet Burner for my 55 gal kettle. Im taq welding an additional ss plate to bottom for fear of melting my kettle... is this overkill (the burner)? I plan on hardlining a pump to circulate, potentially during the entire boil. should I try to plug some of the jets? Im using natural gas.

...I also have a 55 gallon kettle, and I'm looking also looking at a 440,000 BTU 44 array Jet Burner. But the one I'm looking at says it's geared towards propane. See here : http://www.glaciertanks.com/Jet_Burn...p_Propane.html

You mentioned something about "melting" the kettle??? I didn't even realize that was a possibility. I saw a "Banjo Burner" (I think that's what they're called) online (See here : http://www.homebrewing.org/18-Propan...U-_p_3214.html) but the problem with that one is that it's only 220,000 BTU's.

It feels as if I won't be able to buy a ready-made solution and that I'll have to build my burner (I.E: buy the stand separately, buy the burner/jets separately, etc) simply because of the size of my kettle. And I guess I'm focussing on the burner BTU's as my starting point, and will work around that.

I've Googled a few BTU to Gallon boiling calculators out there, but I'm getting mixed results. All I want (for now) is to invest in a burner that will bring 55 gallons to a boil (efficiently).

As I'm still playing around with the calculators, can somebody confirm for me if the 440,000 BTU jet burner would suffice for my 55 gallon tank?
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