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Yettiman 02-14-2013 09:57 PM

Burco Boiler vs SS pot with separate controller
I am thinking of getting my first boiler / kettle, as the first step in upgrading from kits to AG brewing.

I am torn between getting a Burco/Buffalo boiler or building one out of a large pot + element + RTD.

I am swaying towards the Burco, as it is neat, has a concealed element (easier for cleaning) and it a little (not much) cheaper.

I want to buy once, and use it as I progress progress into AG and add a MLT.

Has anyone used both, and what are their recommendations?

Thank you

JRems 02-15-2013 12:47 PM

It seems like the burco is only 5 gal. I would use a home made controller. You will want at least a 7-8 gal pot for AG. with a home made setup if you want to go larger just swap the element to a bigger pot.

Yettiman 02-15-2013 05:04 PM

Great advice, I did not remember/know that I would need a bigger amount.

I will go for the Pot + Element + Controller route (I can always start with a manual switch system to save money and grow from there).

Again Thank you

Hanglow 02-15-2013 06:40 PM

Buffalo boilers go up to 40L iirc (11 or so US gallons)

They are about 90 from nisbetts or whoever own the brand and they sometimes have them on offer on their ebay store

If you go for a similar sized new pot and decent element and controller I think it would be a similar price wouldn't it?

If you decide to to brew even bigger than 40l then you could use the Buffalo as a HLT and buy one of the larger stock pots

just another option, either way would be good. There's a few threads on Jims beer kit about the buffalo boilers iirc

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