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StusBrew 04-19-2012 11:34 PM

Propane Burner Help
Well, I have a turkey fryer burner. I got turkery frying kit a while ago (2 years I think.) It's out of the box, etc. Apparantly I didn't hold onto the booklet or directions. I manage to do it for everything else though.

Anyway, you hook the hose up to propane tank. A regulator with a red dial that turns on and off right near connect point to propane tank. On the burner stand itself is the damper and like a little spray nozzle for the gas. The problem is when I get everything connected, the only way to get it lit is if I hold this button down. And also a timer or something. I turn it, makes a "ding" sound. Says "20 min" on it.
Question is: How do I keep it going without always having the button pushed down to keep burner lit?
I admit, seems really stupid, I feel not at all manly right now. But if anyone has experience with this type. Obviously, I've never encountered this type before.

StusBrew 04-19-2012 11:36 PM

Planning on brewing either on Saturday or Sunday. A kids' birthday party on Saturday at 2 and debating on whether to do it before the party or wait until after Mass on Sunday.

luke_l 04-20-2012 12:18 AM

Hold the button, light it, keep holding for 30 secs or so, then let go. It bypasses the thermocouple, just need to wait for it to heat up.

StusBrew 04-20-2012 12:20 AM

Ahhh...I knew it had to be a trick. I was thinking I had to turn it or something. Was getting things set and familiar before I started first all-grain, full boil. Also trying not to waste gas before I actually brew.

Bert1097 04-20-2012 01:21 AM

Like luke said. It's a safety mechanism so you're not purging your area w/ unlit propane. The timer thing can be a real PIA. I took one of my wife's elastic hair thingees, turned the dial to 20 minutes and hooked the hair thingee to the button you mentioned. It keeps the timer from moving and the flame going.

roadymi 04-20-2012 02:45 AM

they had to start using those timers to gain UL approval

oakbarn 04-20-2012 02:49 AM

It is an OSHA type safety POC thing so you can only keep the gas on for 20 minutes as a time. You can get a different regulator that does not have it. If you boil Wort too long, it does not catch. on fire

StusBrew 04-21-2012 02:08 AM

Like I said. I haven't seen that before. I started messing with that and immediately started thinking of how I can rig it to stay on for longer than 20 minutes.

Thanks for all the input. appreciate it.

KurtB 04-24-2012 01:37 AM

I fixed my timer with Duct Tape (well, gaffers tape technically). I turned the dial all the way and simply taped it in place. Held for a year and counting.

StusBrew 04-24-2012 01:49 AM

Brewed yesterday. It was okay as long as heated strike/sparge water. Only for a few minutes. But got time to boil. Dang thing wouldn't stay lit. Went inside to get a glass of beer. Chatted with kids and wife. ~20 minutes later. Went outside with rubberband (that was bundles with asparagus). Wrapped it around timer and the "button". Stayed lit for the whole hour.

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