Ss Brewing Technologies Giveaway!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Equipment/Sanitation > Propane problem
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 04-30-2012, 02:34 AM   #1
bbarr21
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC
Posts: 84
Liked 6 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default Propane problem

All grain brewer, have a Brutus-esk set up but have a 10 psi propane regulator that causes my burners to eventually die out... What should I do?

__________________

Brewing Gadgeteer
Brian

bbarr21 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-30-2012, 05:05 AM   #2
sarsnik
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 243
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

I would think your using a high pressure regulator with low pressure burners. Are the burners BG12's? Does the flame lift away from the burners when lit?

You can try to swap the regulator with a grill regulator, which normally runs at low pressure.

__________________
sarsnik is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-30-2012, 11:14 AM   #3
bbarr21
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC
Posts: 84
Liked 6 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

No I have high pressure burners
http://www.bayouclassicdepot.com/bg1...ron_burner.htm

__________________

Brewing Gadgeteer
Brian

bbarr21 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-30-2012, 05:13 PM   #5
estoppel
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Canada
Posts: 99
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

I have to use two propane tanks because one will generally freeze up over the course of a brew day (I do back to back brew days). When one of the tanks freezes up, gas essentially ceases to flow. I just switch over to the other tank and it fires up again without a problem.

Next time your flame dies out, check to see if your Propane tank is iced over on the outside.

__________________
estoppel is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-30-2012, 08:54 PM   #6
bbarr21
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC
Posts: 84
Liked 6 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

I don't think that is the problem. I have a dial regulator and if I turn it up directly there the flame comes back but eventually dies out again

__________________

Brewing Gadgeteer
Brian

bbarr21 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-30-2012, 08:55 PM   #7
bbarr21
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC
Posts: 84
Liked 6 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

The burn well throughout most of my brew day until I get to my boil, my farthest burner from the regulator

__________________

Brewing Gadgeteer
Brian

bbarr21 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-30-2012, 09:28 PM   #8
estoppel
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Canada
Posts: 99
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Bbarr, mine does the same thing. If I play with the regulator, I can get the flame back up for a minute or two. I can also gently shake the tank and get it going for another minute or two, but eventually, I have to switch.

I use a high pressure cast-iron burner as well.

__________________
estoppel is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-30-2012, 10:44 PM   #9
wolfman_48442
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Fraser, MI
Posts: 531
Liked 9 Times on 9 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

If it is indeed icing (which it does sound like), just put the tank in a container of water.
No more freezing, no more flame dying.

__________________
wolfman_48442 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-30-2012, 11:37 PM   #10
VladOfTrub
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: , Pa
Posts: 566
Liked 100 Times on 75 Posts
Likes Given: 133

Default

Besides being used to make fire, Propane is used as a refrigerant. The faster you boil it off the lower its temp and pressure become. At the end of the brew day, your cylinders are low on fuel. The pressure is low in the cylinders. The cylinders can ice up and you lose the volume of fuel needed to fire the burners. Then, once you close the valves, the pressure builds up in the supply line to allow the burner to fire momentarily. A 200K burner running all out will eat a little more than 2 gallons of Propane an hour. A 20 pound cylinder holds a little over four gallons of LP. That comes to about 365K BTU per cylinder... For the amount of beer your brewing, get a bigger cylinder or more of the twennies.

__________________
VladOfTrub is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools