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Old 03-08-2007, 07:19 PM   #1
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A quick question as someone looking to do full boils with an eye toward all grain in the future...

How many BTUs will it take to get an adequate boil for 5 gal batches? Many of the "turkey fryer" setups seem to be between 50,000 - 60,000 BTUs. Is this enough? I know I've seen some more powerful models out there on some of the brewing web sites.

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A quick question as someone looking to do full boils with an eye toward all grain in the future...

How many BTUs will it take to get an adequate boil for 5 gal batches? Many of the "turkey fryer" setups seem to be between 50,000 - 60,000 BTUs. Is this enough? I know I've seen some more powerful models out there on some of the brewing web sites.

Thanks for your thoughts.
My fryer burner got a good boil going pretty quickly. I wouldn't mind upgrading to 150,000, but that's just because I like buying gadgets.
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If you've got a little extra change in your pocket, the $65 Bayou Classic Banjo Cooker (free shipping through homedepot.com and Amazon) kicks out 210k BTUs. Kicks some major ass. Maybe overkill, but it's a good burner, and no hour-long waits to get your wort boiling.

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If you've got a little extra change in your pocket, the $65 Bayou Classic Banjo Cooker (free shipping through homedepot.com and Amazon) kicks out 210k BTUs. Kicks some major ass. Maybe overkill, but it's a good burner, and no hour-long waits to get your wort boiling.
Over 200k and you risk scorched-wort.
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Over 200k and you risk scorched-wort.


Once you get up to boil, you can throttle it back - you don't need to have it going full-on hardcore for the full boil. No issues that I've experienced or heard of others having.

You're just jealous that mine's bigger than yours... Lorena even says so!
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I've used a 55,000 BTU turkey burner for years. Unless it is both cold and windy, it works well enough. If it is cold & windy, I just crack the garage door open and brew in there.

The burner I use for decoctions is only 10,000 BTU, but that wouldn't cut it for a full boil.

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You're just jealous that mine's bigger than yours... Lorena even says so!
Yes, but I get to use my entire thing. I don't have to "pull back".
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Once you get up to boil, you can throttle it back - you don't need to have it going full-on hardcore for the full boil. No issues that I've experienced or heard of others having.
What I especially like about my Banjo is the size of the burner itself. All of those BTU's are extremely well distibuted across the entire bottom of my brew kettle. I've never had a problem with scorching either.
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Go with the Bird, he says his is bigger and Lorena backs him up? I don't know? Yes, I must say Birds is be best burner on the market!!!!

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i just bought a turkey cooker i think its around 50-60k btu's . well i had to compare it to my glasstop stove and i must say its more than adequete for boiling wort. stovetop=40+ mins just to get the 2 gallons to boil.....turkey cooker=20+ mins to bring around 20 qts to boil

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