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Old 01-09-2013, 02:46 AM   #1
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Just wondering if anyone knows the difference between the bayou banjo burner and the blichmann burner besides the stainless frame. It seems to be the same cast iron burner. Could the regulators be different? Are the BTU's the same?
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I own the Blichmann and I think it's a great burner. A little more costly than other burners, but it's extremely well made and worth the extra coin in my opinion.

I believe the regulators are different, but I'm not 100% sure. The Blichmann regulator has a precise control valve which I don't think comes stock with the Bayou. There's also an air damper to control the flow of oxygen. I feel like these two features increase the burner's efficiency. Relating to the frame, the frame is stainless steel, has adjustable retaining bars to keep your boil kettle a little more stable and optional leg extensions which are nice.

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The Bayou also has an air damper but I am not sure about the regulator difference.

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I love mine, don't know the specific differences but the stainless steel construction is enough for me to justify the extra cash

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Since you have one, how long does it take to get ten gallons up to a boil? I am just trying to decide which one to get.

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I have never really timed any of my heating times, though I know it is fast. Someone else can probably answer much better than I.

I batch sparge and heat my strike water while mashing (60mins) and the strike water (6gals @ about 50* last brew) to 180 waaaayy before i am done sparging, in under 20 mins.

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Is it as easy on fuel as they say?

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i have only used mine on a handful of batches but still have more about half my blue rhino propane tank left.

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I have just done one brew on my new blichmann but am thoroughly impressed compared to my old turkey fryer. Much faster boil with much less noise. My friend has a cooker that has the same cast iron burner on it (can't remember exactly which cooker it is) but I believe the wind screen on the blichmann is better. It comes up higher above the surface of the burner and when the pot is on the cooker there is just a small gap between the bottom of the pot and the top of the wind screen. My friend has complained a little bit about how much the wind gives him problems.

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According to a sales rep at Northern Brewer the burner itself is the same, I'm positive that the regulator is different. I believe the banjo runs at 30psi and the blichmann at 10psi.

Also I have the blichmann, I use for 11gal AG batches. I couldn't imagine using another burner it's nearly silent, a miser on propane usage, and very powerful.

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