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Old 01-22-2008, 03:35 PM   #1
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Default Taming the Wild Beast - Multi-Jet burner mod

People sometimes buy natural gas burners that their source piping just cannot supply adequately. People like me that is. Then there is an issue with having way too much heat to be practical. The cheap 23-tip burners are claimed to put out anywhere from 80K to 140K BTU depending on the store you buy them from. I would have gone with 10-tip if they weren't twice the price and equally hard to find.

Anyway, enough chit chat, you can order a whole box of M8-1.0 pitch (Metric Fine Thread) bolts for about $10 from Mcmaster.com and plug up as many tips as you want. The burner will require less pressure/flow from the source and still maintain a good burn. I'm just guessing here, but if 23 tips (burning well) produce about 100,000 BTU, each tip does about 5,000.

So, I plugged 12 tips to leave 11 burning for about 55kBTU. This keeps 12 gallons at a ROLLING boil at half valve. For any tips that fired directly at each other, which contributed to a hot spot, I blocked off one. You can see how each flame kind of fires on its own. I hope this helps those of you who find them too hot (or burning crappy due to inadequate supply).




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Old 01-22-2008, 03:44 PM   #2
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go figure... who says more is better???

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Old 01-22-2008, 03:45 PM   #3
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OK, fire, metal, beer....that definitely qualifies as cool!

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Glad to see you finally solved that...

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Old 01-22-2008, 03:50 PM   #5
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throw in an internal combustion engine and we got ourselves a party! HAH!

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My one major gripe with these burners is the very narrow adjustability range due to the fixed air intake size. Once the flow is too low, the venturi affect is hindered and you get an orange flame. If the flow is too high, it pulls too much air and you get a gap between the tip and the flame making a lot of noise. Bottom line, these are mostly ON/OFF burners with a little bit of adjustment in heat. I'm guessing the adjustment is less than 10,000BTU.

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I'm surprised 55k BTU is sufficient for rolling double batches. I upgraded my regulator because I didn't think that would be enough...

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These ratings are all approximate ya know. For all I know, I'm getting 80K. Another thing is that I'm boiling in a wind-protected environment (garage) so more of my heat makes it to the wort.

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I'm surprised 55k BTU is sufficient for rolling double batches. I upgraded my regulator because I didn't think that would be enough...
(Not to hijaak, but...)

(I do see Bobby say this is only his guess on what he's actually getting out of it).

I was wondering the same thing, though. Since I see a lot of people like the KAB5(185k or 210 with the upgraded regulator). My LHBS guy said that would be overkill and counterproductive (causing charring somewhere, keg or wort). The LHBS had the 55k Bayou in stock, so maybe he was just trying to sell me... any thoughts?
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Might be 'Keggle-Half-Empty' guy....

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