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Old 08-12-2009, 11:57 PM   #1
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Hello everyone, long time no see!

I'm looking to finally get a turkey fryer so I can do all-grain batches larger than 2 gallons on my stove.

I'd like to get a pot somewhere from 32-40 quarts - good size you think? I'd like to do batches somewhere between 6-8 gallons and think a 40qt pot would offer enough headroom to prevent boil overs for an 8 gallon batch...

Also, is Bayou Classic the company to go with? I did a quick search and most of the threads I found were in regards to Bayou.

And lastly, is it feasible to plan to spend about $100 on a 32-40 qt pot and decent propane heater?

Thanks in advance everyone!

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Old 08-13-2009, 12:07 AM   #2
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I paid around $50 for mine- a turkey fryer set up with a decent burner and a 32 QT pot. The pot is a bit small, since I like to start with 6.5 gallons and boil down to 5.5, but if I'm very careful I don't get any boilovers. If you're planning on anything bigger than a 5 gallon batch, the 32 quart pot would be too small. A 40 quart pot might be fine for slightly bigger batches.

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Old 08-13-2009, 01:29 AM   #3
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I'm using a 34 qt, and I'm of the opinion its borderline for 5g batches. If I was going to spend the cash again, I'd buy a 60/80qt one. That way you never have to buy a pot again.


I bought a 20qt one when I started in december, bought the 34 quart in june, and may replace it with something bigger in the next couple of months.

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Pick up a sanke keg and convert it. you'll never need another boil pot....EVER...

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Old 08-13-2009, 03:51 AM   #5
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As far as a step up from indoor stovetop brewing, my turkey fryer with ~7G pot was worth every penny. Sure, it might not be able to make the jump to 10G, but it was $55 . I'm out on the patio, and packing 5G of beer into bottles when everything is all done. Brewing has improved greatly for me with it

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Alright, so rethinking, I'm looking at this kit

Amazon.com: Bayou Classic 3066A 30-Quart Outdoor Turkey Fryer Kit: Home & Garden

Seems decent enough, and there are actually some reviews from homebrewers.

I did more thinking and I'd like to start kegging in the next few months, too. So I figured I wouldn't necessarily need batches larger than 5 gallons to start kegging, so a 30qt pot should be adequate.

Good decision?

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Alright, so rethinking, I'm looking at this kit

Amazon.com: Bayou Classic 3066A 30-Quart Outdoor Turkey Fryer Kit: Home & Garden

Seems decent enough, and there are actually some reviews from homebrewers.

I did more thinking and I'd like to start kegging in the next few months, too. So I figured I wouldn't necessarily need batches larger than 5 gallons to start kegging, so a 30qt pot should be adequate.

Good decision?
What I don't like about the burner is that top lip that extends above the kettle. You would probably have to make some modifications if you wanted to use a larger pot.

For what it's worth, the 3 turkey fryers I have I paid less than 30$ each at a store. I think they were on clearance... they included a 32qt alum pot and stand. Well worth it.
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What I don't like about the burner is that top lip that extends above the kettle. You would probably have to make some modifications if you wanted to use a larger pot.

For what it's worth, the 3 turkey fryers I have I paid less than 30$ each at a store. I think they were on clearance... they included a 32qt alum pot and stand. Well worth it.
I have that same unit and it also takes my 60-gal aluminum pot just fine. It rests on the circular band. When full of water, it is not going anywhere.
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When I moved from stovetop to outside I started with two turkey fryers purchased new outside of turkey frying season for $10 each. They included 30qt (7.5 gallon) aluminum pots. I recently received a birthday gift of a 60qt aluminum pot from Sam's Club that retails for $45.88 before shipping.

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I have that same unit and it also takes my 60-gal aluminum pot just fine. It rests on the circular band. When full of water, it is not going anywhere.
60-gal I assume you meant 60 qt?
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