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Old 12-29-2010, 04:07 PM   #1
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Good morning, home brewers.
I've been thinking of upgrading my equipment and the first thing I would like to get is a new burner. My old one was a cheap model and I've had it for 5 years now; I want to get something that will heat up hotter and leave less soot on the bottom of the pots. Plus, we might be starting to make larger batches (15 gallons) and/or all-grain in the near future, so I would rather buy something of that caliber now.
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Old 12-29-2010, 05:20 PM   #2
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I'm interested as well! I currently boil water on a 'turkey burner' inside a converted keg. It takes a lot of time and am looking to cut that time down a little.



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Old 01-01-2011, 09:01 PM   #3
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im gonna jump in here to. I use the stove top and it takes forever for the boil to start. i also have a keg im turning into a kettle. any recommendations would be very appreciated.

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I have the Bayou SQ-10 burner. It is about 14-15 inches in diameter. It does a good job of heating up quickly - 7 gallons takes about 20 minutes. The only downside to this is if your pot is not fully flat (keg) then it might not sit well on the circular burner. If thats the case I think the a lot of people use the SQ-14 which is square.

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The Bayou Classic SQ-14 would be my choice. I have one and prefer by far over the other two that I have:

http://www.amazon.com/Bayou-Classic-SQ14-Single-Outdoor/dp/B0009JXYQ4

It's the all around best burner for the typical home brewer IMO and the price is right as well.

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Old 01-03-2011, 12:54 PM   #6
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I have a bayou classic sq-14 and i hate it.

The first time I used it, it fired, but I couldn't get it to fire HARD, it would barely boil my wort, and so on... my husband cleaned it out and got it to work, and it was fine until New Year's eve brew... It wouldn't fire at all. I could hear propane coming out, and it would light, but the flame wouldn't hold. I tried poking out the holes, in case they were clogged, but that didn't work. I'm going to have hubby the chef look at it again (he's used to dealing with burners), but my hopes are not high.

So did I get a bad one? I'm not sure I want to go buying another since this one was crap, but if it was a single "bad" unit, and most people don't have a problem with theirs, I might give it the benefit of the doubt. Or is there an alternative that anyone could recommend?

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I have a bayou classic sq-14 and i hate it.

The first time I used it, it fired, but I couldn't get it to fire HARD, it would barely boil my wort, and so on... my husband cleaned it out and got it to work, and it was fine until New Year's eve brew... It wouldn't fire at all. I could hear propane coming out, and it would light, but the flame wouldn't hold. I tried poking out the holes, in case they were clogged, but that didn't work. I'm going to have hubby the chef look at it again (he's used to dealing with burners), but my hopes are not high.

So did I get a bad one? I'm not sure I want to go buying another since this one was crap, but if it was a single "bad" unit, and most people don't have a problem with theirs, I might give it the benefit of the doubt. Or is there an alternative that anyone could recommend?
These burners are rather simple appliances and there's not a lot that can go wrong. The regulator is pretty much the only thing that can malfunction other than the tank itself. I would disconnect the burner from the tank and start over being sure to turn the tank valve on BEFORE turning on the burner valve. Check the obvious things like having fuel in the tank. If you are still having problems, remove the supply hose from the burner casting and check to be sure that the gas orifice is not plugged. Gas should flow freely through the tiny orifice when you open the regulator control knob. If not, you may have a plugged or partially obstructed orifice.
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The only thing I haven't done is remove the supply hose from the burner casting. I did try a brand new full tank, and I always open the tank valve first. My husband seemed to suspect a leak in the line, but he hasn't had a chance to test it.

The other possibility is that I was being an idiot and rushing that night, so it might decide to be just fine when I try it again.

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The only thing I haven't done is remove the supply hose from the burner casting. I did try a brand new full tank, and I always open the tank valve first. My husband seemed to suspect a leak in the line, but he hasn't had a chance to test it.

The other possibility is that I was being an idiot and rushing that night, so it might decide to be just fine when I try it again.
Yes, open the tank valve first, but be sure that the regulator knob is fully closed first (turns counter-clockwise to close), otherwise you risk tripping the anti-surge mechanism which will drastically reduce the gas flow until you reset it. This is a very common problem. It is very unlikely that the supply hose is leaking. It could be, but just not very likely IMO.
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My SQ 14 has been very good and reliable. I have had to clean it a couple of times but I have had now for 2+ years. I boil 14 to 15 gallons on it without to much effort.



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