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Old 10-15-2012, 03:32 PM   #1
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Default Best burner for ~ $60

I've been brewing for a while and typically do boils that start anywhere from 6.5 to 7.5 gals. I've been borrowing a burner from a buddy, but need to get my own.

Any recs? I figured something from Bayou Classic, but I see they dropped to 10psi regs. Any ideas if the SP-10 or SQ-14 are still worth it, given that psi drop?

Any other recommendations? I'm all ears. Thanks!

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Old 10-15-2012, 03:47 PM   #2
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I have the SP10, works great. I don't think you'll be able to find a propane burner - even the cheaper ones - that won't boil 6.5-7.5 gallons of wort. The difference might be build quality and endurance. The $150 Blichmann burner made of stainless steel will last forever, and you can beat the crap out of it. The $50 burner from bayou might start flaking or get beat up a bit. If you're going to be brewing every weekend, maybe spend some cash and get a higher quality burner - but if you brew every month, every 3 weeks or so ... just get the cheaper ones. You won't have any problems with the boil.

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Old 10-15-2012, 03:51 PM   #3
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sq-14 has a great stand integrated with it.. great for keggles.. amazon link $45 on amazon

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Meh.....I dont care about materials. Most of them are made of iron, and flaking or no flaking, they WORK...period.

My main concern is efficiency (I'm getting 3-4 brews, including sparge and mash heating, per tank), so I don't want to go to something that's wasteful. At the same time, I don't wanna increase my brew times. My main concern was the fact that they dropped the regs to 10psi from 20.

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I have a Brinkmann turkey fryer and a Bayou Classic SP10. The fryer is slow and the SP10 on my boil kettle is fast enough that I have to be really careful not to have a boil over. I do 5 gallon in 10 gallon pots.

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sq-14 has a great stand integrated with it.. great for keggles.. amazon link $45 on amazon
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I've been using the SQ-14 for over a year now. It's a solid build, is great for keggles, and I believe it is more efficient than the SP-10. I believe people go through more propane using the SP-10.
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You could make an offer on this one on CL.

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You could make an offer on this one on CL.
My Brinkmann is similar. It does not have the straining basket. But it cost only ~ $50 new at Home Depot.
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You could make an offer on this one on CL.
Thanks, but I only need a burner. I've got all other equipment (stainless steel brewpot, aluminum kettle for mash/sparge heating, etc).
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I've been using the SQ-14 for over a year now. It's a solid build, is great for keggles, and I believe it is more efficient than the SP-10. I believe people go through more propane using the SP-10.
how so? they come with the same 20 psi regulator
the sp10 works better for me on concrete where the sq14 wobbles slightly
ive alsways enjoyed tri-legged instead of the normal 4.
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