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Old 05-13-2011, 07:02 PM   #1
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Hi,

I live in a high-rise building, and my only personal outdoor space is a balcony about 12x12x12. this balcony is open to the air on one side, has a concrete wall on another, and the 3rd and 4th sides are plexi with sliding glass doors.

Depending on the wind, with the doors open, often a strong current will run to/from the balcony and my kitchen (maybe 30 ft distant. with them closed, often the breeze is weak. I would personally prefer to keep all extra gases from burning out of the house, but don't see how to keep from potentially turning the balcony into a gas trap.

Given the closed nature of the space, any generic suggestions on ventilation? I can take and upload pics if this would be of help, any suggestions on which hosting site to use? I am reading other threads about people using electric with insulation on kettles, etc. what min. rated energy output of electric would I look for?

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edit - alternately are there electric stoves for kitchen use that will boil 6-7 gallons of water effectively? If so, what information on a given stove should I be looking for? I have read about members using electric with insulation on their kettles with good results in some cases, but not sure if there is a floor on the rated output of the stove that is needed to do this. Looking at it more closely, I am finding this preferable to fighting ventilation issues if it is indeed feasible.



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What kind of stove can you use? Between a good quality range and a heat-stick, you should have no problem boiling indoors. I have a gas stove, but can get a good boil on 10 gallons if I straddle two burners.



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Since you shouldn't have any gas simply venting, you're probably fine without any ventilation. However, if you want to, buy one of these blowers and stop worrying about it.

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What kind of stove can you use? Between a good quality range and a heat-stick, you should have no problem boiling indoors. I have a gas stove, but can get a good boil on 10 gallons if I straddle two burners.
Thanks. Can you link a heat stick as you describe? My gas stove, on 2 burners, struggles to burn 2.5-3 gallons, taking over an hour to boil and only getting a weak boil, never roiling.

that said, if range replacement is on the books either way, (a viable option), it becomes an issue of gas vs. electric.
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Thanks. Can you link a heat stick as you describe? My gas stove, on 2 burners, struggles to burn 2.5-3 gallons, taking over an hour to boil and only getting a weak boil, never roiling.

that said, if range replacement is on the books either way, (a viable option), it becomes an issue of gas vs. electric.
Do a search here for heatsticks. There are several good threads.

Your gas range struggles to get 3 gallons boiling on two burners? That's pretty extreme. I have a high-end but not professional gas range and I get a soft rolling boil on 10 gallons in about that time (without a heatstick). Gas is definitely the way to go if you have the choice.
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Do a search here for heatsticks. There are several good threads.

Your gas range struggles to get 3 gallons boiling on two burners? That's pretty extreme. I have a high-end but not professional gas range and I get a soft rolling boil on 10 gallons in about that time (without a heatstick). Gas is definitely the way to go if you have the choice.
can you give me specs/model/a link to yours? I have had this range 11 years, it came with the place, and never really had an issue before with mundane food stuff, but not sure what numbers I am looking for on a replacement.
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can you give me specs/model/a link to yours? I have had this range 11 years, it came with the place, and never really had an issue before with mundane food stuff, but not sure what numbers I am looking for on a replacement.
They're two 10k BTU burners. More would be even better, of course.
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get a N/G wok burner installed.

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Do a search here for heatsticks. There are several good threads.

Your gas range struggles to get 3 gallons boiling on two burners? That's pretty extreme. I have a high-end but not professional gas range and I get a soft rolling boil on 10 gallons in about that time (without a heatstick). Gas is definitely the way to go if you have the choice.
have been shopping around here. How many btu is the burner(s) you use to boil? I can get a gas range that has 14000btu/1 burner and can combine burners up to 19000btu with 2 straight out of the box.

There is another stove that is a good bit more expensive which runs 30000btu on a center triple-ring burner, but I see no need to go that route if the above willl boil 7 gallons effectively on its own.
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I'm on two 10k burners, with a fairly wide bottomed pot.



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