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Old 02-25-2008, 01:18 AM   #1
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Hi Guys,

I'm thinking of moving to a townhouse this year and was wondering what the normal procedure was regarding propane turkey fryers. I suppose it varies based on the townhouse association. I also wanted to know if you ever ran across problems with neighbors regarding brewing outside your townhouse.

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Old 02-25-2008, 05:06 AM   #2
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I'm not sure what the actual rules are, but I really think it comes down to what the neighbors think of it. If it's against the rules and the neighbors don't report it, no harm done. Conversely, if it's not against the rules but the neighbors complain, you will be asked (sternly) to desist. So, get to know your neighbors and let them no what you're doing so they don't think you're cooking up meth.

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Prior to purchasing your townhome, you should request a copy of the HOA rules from the current homeowner. Unfortunately, I can see that if a HOA prohibits anything, it will be the use of turkey friers NOT frying of food in turkey friers.

A turkey frier used to make beer or do a crab boil isn't any dangerous than using a gas grill. Frying food using a turkey frier is a bit more dangerous.

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Prior to purchasing your townhome, you should request a copy of the HOA rules from the current homeowner. Unfortunately, I can see that if a HOA prohibits anything, it will be the use of turkey friers NOT frying of food in turkey friers.

A turkey frier used to make beer or do a crab boil isn't any dangerous than using a gas grill. Frying food using a turkey frier is a bit more dangerous.
Most of the townhouse rules that I see basically state: "Propane grills can not be used within 5 feet of the building."

I can see people looking at me weird, because they think I might burn down everything. Maybe the thing to do is to introduce myself to the neighbors prior to moving in and telling them that I brew beer and I would never do anything to endanger the neighborhood.

I wish I could buy a house, but NJ is so expensive.
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Funny you should ask as I'll be finding out tomorrow. Its probably against the association laws but quite frankly, they can go **** themselves. I called the town to see if its against their laws and they said "I dunno". So assuming my neighbors don't freak out and call the cops, I should be fine. I'm only doing the boil outside so I won't be out there the whole time. I'll let you know how it goes...

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Funny you should ask as I'll be finding out tomorrow. Its probably against the association laws but quite frankly, they can go **** themselves. I called the town to see if its against their laws and they said "I dunno". So assuming my neighbors don't freak out and call the cops, I should be fine. I'm only doing the boil outside so I won't be out there the whole time. I'll let you know how it goes...
Out of curiousity... Where were your brewing prior to this?
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Out of curiousity... Where were your brewing prior to this?
At my buddy's house about 5 minutes away. It just sucks hauling my gear every time so I'm trying it at my place now. I brewed at Bobby's as well but thats even farther away...
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At my buddy's house about 5 minutes away. It just sucks hauling my gear every time so I'm trying it at my place now. I brewed at Bobby's as well but thats even farther away...
Yeah. I brew at my brother-in-laws and I keep all my equipment over there. It is starting to become a hassle, because I feel like I'm infringing. Frankly, I just want to do this crap at my own house.

I'll admit that it is one of the major reasons why I want to move. There are other reasons of course, storage space being the number one issue. I maxed out hiding stuff behind and under furniture.
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Yeah. I brew at my brother-in-laws and I keep all my equipment over there. It is starting to become a hassle, because I feel like I'm infringing. Frankly, I just want to do this crap at my own house.

I'll admit that it is one of the major reasons why I want to move. There are other reasons of course, storage space being the number one issue. I maxed out hiding stuff behind and under furniture.
I wish I could keep stuff at his house! No but I can see it getting awkward after a while. I also want to move for this reason. SWMBO and I are looking at other states, mostly NC now...
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I wish I could keep stuff at his house! No but I can see it getting awkward after a while. I also want to move for this reason. SWMBO and I are looking at other states, mostly NC now...
Sigh. It's really sad that people our age can't make it work in this area. I have a great job and get paid well, but it's not enough to really buy something half-way decent in a nice neighborhood. Even if you can do it, you feel like you are just getting by. If God forbid you lose your job or something, you just might lose everything.

I really want to move away from this state, but my wife's family lives here. I think she would have a tough time adjusting.
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