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Old 09-22-2009, 05:41 PM   #1
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Default My turkey fryer crapped out on me; need a new one

I had a cheapy that i got for free and would take forever to get a boil going, this past saturday i couldnt even get 6.5 gallons to a proper boil so i think its time for a new one.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to which burner/turkey fryer i should get? Money is not a huge issue as most are relatively priced and i really want to cut down on how long it takes stuff to get to a boil. thanks for the sugggestions
Also i am only doing five gal batches but would like to step it up to ten gal... so keep that in mind with recomendations
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Old 09-22-2009, 05:46 PM   #2
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Why not just clean or replace the burner casting.

Or better yet, clean your existing casting and get a new regulator?

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Old 09-22-2009, 05:57 PM   #3
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Turkey fryer type burners are incredibly simple devices. There's not a whole lot that can malfunction. Which one do you currently have? I'd try to fix the one you have rather than buy another. If you are set on buying a new one, I can recommend the Bayou Classic SQ-14. I have one and it does everything I need it to do and it does it well.

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+ 1 on the Bayou sq-14. Plus I like the big square base that the burner is mounted on.


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It is a king cooker model not sure which one but it was never used before i got it and it has never worked quite right... ill try cleanin it for sure and maybe a new regulator, and i was looking at the sq-14 if i do end up buying one. thanks a lot

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I use an SQ14 as well and it does do a good job, but if your looking to step up to 10g batches you might consider the Banjo as well.

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First off, make sure the valve is closed before opening the tank. If the valve is open when the tank is turned on the regulator will "lock up" and you'll only get a small flame.

I get an occasional rust build up inside my burner. I just disassemble it and take a wire brush to it and reassemble. Also make sure nothing in blocking the air inlet.

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agreed, Not a lot of working parts to go wrong. It's most likely a setup issue that you will also have with a new one.

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+1 to the newer burners suggested here. I havent touched my turkey fryer since I got my new burner. I think I picked it up for around $100 and it brings my 5 gallon boils to a ROARING boil (even too much of one if I dont watch it) I may get a banjo someday when I decide to go to 10 gallon batches, but this burner does the trick for me!

Also, you may want to look at williamsbrewing as they have BIGGER kettles there (with a ball valve) Im loving mine
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I had to clean out my cheapo burner recently as well, you don't see how much crud/rust is there until you unscrew it.

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