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Old 03-23-2013, 06:16 AM   #11
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Just got mine this week with a natural gas hookup. No more slow boils. No more propane tanks

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Old 03-23-2013, 12:06 PM   #12
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Blichman SS burner with leg extensions will be my next investment. Then, will probably get the 10 Gal brew pot from Blichman.

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Old 03-23-2013, 12:19 PM   #13
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I am replacing a (don't know the brand) turkey fryer burner with one of these after a rather frustrating brew session. We ended up boiling in two pots on my stove because it was windy and cold and would never get up to temp. Did some research and based on reviews here I splurged. The old one lasted me at lease 8 years (of Thanksgiving turkeys) and was ready for some hose replacements anyway.

I'm looking forward to using it.

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Old 03-24-2013, 04:14 PM   #14
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Got mine with the leg extensions used about a year and a half ago for $100..... the thing is incredible, at the rate I use it I'll have saved that much in propane over my old burner before too long.

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Old 03-24-2013, 05:51 PM   #15
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What is the BTU output on that thing? Also, since I brought it up, what is a desirable BTU amount? I have read anywhere from 30K to 90K will do the job, but obviously the less gas used the better. I am wondering as I try to budget when I make the AG move.

Some folks get 3 batches out of a 15 gal tank of propane but some get 6.

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In my experience - it isn't so much a function of BTUs but matching your pot to your burner size. You can have a huge burner, but if all that heat is blowing around the pot - it is completely wasted. I think the Blichmann is 72,000 BTU - and it has good shielding around the burner. I throw up a couple of pieces of sheet metal around the burner when in operation and I get >6 batches out of a tank. It does well enough that I don't even really pay attention to how many batches a tank lasts anymore - just cycle in a spare tank on the rare occasion that I run out.

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I barely get 2 batches out of a tank.

Are you guys talking about heating strike water, and boiling, that you ate getting six batches??

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In my experience - it isn't so much a function of BTUs but matching your pot to your burner size. You can have a huge burner, but if all that heat is blowing around the pot - it is completely wasted. I think the Blichmann is 72,000 BTU - and it has good shielding around the burner. I throw up a couple of pieces of sheet metal around the burner when in operation and I get >6 batches out of a tank. It does well enough that I don't even really pay attention to how many batches a tank lasts anymore - just cycle in a spare tank on the rare occasion that I run out.
I heard also that a flue is a good idea to keep heat focused and concentrated rather than it being "scattered by the four winds"! No doubt this saves you fuel.
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6+ batches per 20 pounds fill - all grain from heating strike water to flame out. Shielding, a good burner and good heat control. Also - have the tank refilled rather than exchanged - the exchange is normally only 15 lbs rather than the 20 lb refill - usually for about the same price.

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Old 03-25-2013, 12:10 AM   #20
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Anyone else scorch their blichman burner quite like this on the first run? Possibly I had it set too high?

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