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Old 03-01-2009, 01:32 AM   #1
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I'm in the middle of a brew and my burner is acting up

I have the bayou classic sp10 with the 20psi regulator. . .I have never had trouble getting a boil going. Tonight my burner that normal sounds like a jet engine sounds more like an electric car. . .and it is going on 30 minutes and still no boil (on a 10 gallon batch) although I am getting close I think. .. any suggestions??

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Old 03-01-2009, 01:35 AM   #2
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Is the air intake closed off? Is your propane tank full?

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Old 03-01-2009, 01:36 AM   #3
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air intake is open and have a fresh propane tank. . .was using a fairly empty one, but hooked it up the newly filled one just to make sure that wasn't the problem

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Old 03-01-2009, 01:37 AM   #4
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Has your tank frozen? You may have to put the tank in a bucket of warm water. Sure it has propane in it? Not being a Smart Ass I sometimes can't tell for sure when they are emtpy. They sure feel like they should have some left in them.

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ok . . . so I just found out if I shake the hell outta the propane tank I can get it to crank up to the normal output. . .does this mean I have a frozen tank??

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I think that these new LPG tanks have a safety valve in the tank. Try shutting off the tank valve and all the valves in the system. I'd disconnect the hose just for kicks. Then reconnect and start over with all valves off. Open the tank first then the regulater if there is a valve on it. This may reset the in tank valve.

There would be frost on the outside of the tank if it is frozen.

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alright. . .well it is working now. . .I switched back to the old tank (even though it is close to empty and it is working now. Not sure if it was the disconnecting and reconnecting or if the other one is frozen. Either way I am boiling at least until this tank empties, if the boil isn't over yet I will switch back to the full tank and see what happens. Thanks for the quick help and advice all.

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Mine was doing the same thing tonight. I ran it under some hot water for 10 minutes and all was well. 23F here in the brew house (garage) tonight.

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I'd put the full one in a bucket of hot tap water while you use up the other. Would'nt hurt to leave it in warm water even when in use.

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finally wrapping up my 'boil' . .. actually I did get a good boil finally and all seems to be working again with the burner. . .thanks again for all the quick responses.

On a side note this was my first experiment with Forward Hopping. . . I will probably post another thread about the affect of longterm (about an hour) forward hopping.

Anyway, thanks again for the quick responses.

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