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Old 07-13-2012, 10:59 PM   #1
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Default Propane burner: Which one?

I'm looking at getting a propane burner to do 5-gallon AG boils in a keggle and I'm just curious if anyone has any input as to which one to get. I'm kind of on a budget, so I just ran an Amazon search and found the three cheapest ones:

$35 - http://www.amazon.com/Bayou-Classic-...s=banjo+burner

$49 - http://www.amazon.com/Bayou-Classic-...s=banjo+burner

$50 - http://www.amazon.com/Bayou-Classic-...s=banjo+burner

Does anyone use, or have any experience with any of these burners? If so, which one is the best bang for the buck? I'd be really interested to get some feedback. Thanks so much!

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Old 07-14-2012, 01:14 AM   #2
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I've got the SP10 and love it. I do think they've changed the product since I bought it several years ago (saw that in the comments). If its indeed what I bought (I have what the main pic shows) then I recommend it. Good luck!

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Old 07-14-2012, 01:22 AM   #3
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I take it you need it with a stand? If not, get this:
http://www.midwestsupplies.com/cast-...rner-only.html

Otherwise, get option 3. Taller and sturdier. Don't forget to check your local craigslist or swap meet. Can be had for $25.

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Old 07-14-2012, 01:32 AM   #4
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I've got the SP10 and love it. I do think they've changed the product since I bought it several years ago (saw that in the comments). If its indeed what I bought (I have what the main pic shows) then I recommend it. Good luck!
I also have the SP10 and do enjoy it. The only drawback is the "high temp" paint burns right off so if you don't burn it or sand it off before you use it there will be little burnt paint flakes all over the place which is annoying. I do five gallon batches and it has no problems getting ~ 7 gallons to rolling boil and is not a propane hog. Happy Brewing!
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Old 07-14-2012, 01:56 AM   #5
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I do five gallon batches and it has no problems getting ~ 7 gallons to rolling boil and is not a propane hog. Happy Brewing!
How long does it take to get to a rolling boil, just out of curiosity?
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I've never timed it but I'd say from sparge temps to boiling takes about 2 beers...that might equate to 15 or so minutes.

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Old 07-14-2012, 02:48 AM   #7
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I'm pretty happy with my BG14. Happy enough to have 3 more coming in the next few days for my brew stand build.

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I havent used it yet but the sq14 just arrived on Thursday. It really is as sturdy as others have said. Tomorrow morning cant come soon enough.

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I've used the SQ14 for about 30 batches and it's a great product. However, having recently switched to 10 gallon batches, I definitely suggest getting the BG14 instead. It's a bit more, but the thing is roughly 3 times the size as the SQ14 and has a much higher output. Even if you don't plan on doing 10 gallon batches any time soon, I would suggest investing the little bit of extra money now. The BG14 is going to get 5 gallon batches to a rolling boil extremely fast.

Here's one with a stand: http://www.amazon.com/Bayou-Classic-...s=banjo+burner

Here's one without: http://www.amazon.com/Bayou-Classic-...s=banjo+burner

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I have a turkey fryer burner for my HLT and it is relatively slow. I have the SP-10 for my BK and I really have to watch that I don't boil over 7 gallons in a 10 gallon pot.

I would guess that it takes less than 15 minutes for 150° to boiling. Caught it just in time Thursday afternoon!

I am considering replacing the turkey fryer with another SP-10. I also get 6 or 7 batches from a Blue Rhino tank. I'm going to get my own tank soon so that I get 20 lbs instead of 14 and it will even cost less.

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