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Old 04-16-2009, 10:13 PM   #1
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My head is spinning from all this discussion on burners here. I figured I would defer to some of your expertise. I am an extract brewer with hopes of going all grain at some point in the future. I am planning on getting a Blichmann or a B3 kettle in the very near future so that I can do 10-15 gallon batches. I am in need of an outdoor burner. I would like to go natural gas, but I just don't think that it's possible at this time. I'm not brewing at my house and my buddy is not that into modding his house. My question.

Will someone please just tell me what to buy given my aspirations and current setup. It will make my life a whole lot easier.

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Old 04-16-2009, 10:18 PM   #2
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I have a 15gallon kettle on a Bayou Classic SQ14 burner. Ample room to hold that large diameter pot on the burner. No problem heating water/wort. Look at setups and what's available in your area.

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I just ordered a second Banjo burner from Austin Homebrew Supply. It was $99.99 with $7.99 shipping, I believe. The Banjo sure does the trick for me.

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Old 04-16-2009, 10:27 PM   #4
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Don't mean to hijack your thread eric1489 but this seams like the perfect time to ask a question thats been on my mind. Could you not just use some BBQ side burners ? with a little work and some freebie BBQ's you could have your self a couple of free burners or would they not be able to heat the water enough ?
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Old 04-16-2009, 10:32 PM   #5
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I picked up a banjo cooker after Christmas. I love the thing. It will crank out the BTUs and it is very quiet.


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Old 04-17-2009, 12:30 AM   #6
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Don't mean to hijack your thread eric1489 but this seams like the perfect time to ask a question thats been on my mind. Could you not just use some BBQ side burners ? with a little work and some freebie BBQ's you could have your self a couple of free burners or would they not be able to heat the water enough ?
IMO I don't think that most of them are strong enough.
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Old 04-17-2009, 04:49 AM   #7
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BBQ side burners have no where near the power needed for brewing. The typical propane turkey fryer burners are not expensive and they work well. This is not the place where you want to try to save money. Most are very competitively priced and you can occasionally snag them on sale at stores or at gargage sales.

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I got a Bayou SP10 for about $55 shipped on Amazon (from Amazon, free super save shipping) and it's awesome.

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Find the cheapest turkey fryer you can find. It'll have plenty of BTUs. If you shop around, you'll find them for ~ $30.

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I too am looking for a burner. What BTU would be good for a keggle?

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