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Old 07-15-2012, 10:19 PM   #1
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Hello all, I have been away for abit but im back at it working on my setup. I have all the stuff for my kegs. I am working on my stand and burners right now. I have the stand built and primed as of today but im still not real sure on burner height or placement. I have looked around on the net and havent really found any good information on as to how high they need to be from botom of the keg or what size burners will actually work. Could anyone chime in on some information to help me along? Thanks in advance

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Old 07-15-2012, 11:48 PM   #2
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Different burners will have different mounting constraints. I'd pick a burner first and then work out how it'll mount. Do you have the burners already? If not, banjo burners are a popular choice.

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No i dont have the burners yet. I was wanting to get some more input before i went and bought them. As pricey as some i hate to buy the wrong ones. I see some peolple use the smaller 6" style where others use the big 10" style. I dont want it to take 2 hours to bring to a boil but i dont want to be overkill with them. Does the 10" style have problem with the flame coming up around the outside of the kegs?

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The choice is actually a bit more complex than just the fire around the base. If the burner is "to big" (in terms of BTU's) it'll be a real pain to control. That said, most people seem to be happy with 10" Banjo's (that's what I have).

I run pots rather than kegs so i have no data on fire around the edge. I do use some "crafted" stainless steel to keep the flames away from the site gauges and ball valves.

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I'd go with the 10" Banjo's for your setup. A buddy of mine uses them with keggles and swares by them!

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I just got the banjos for my setup. They work really well. I did a dry run this weekend and it was holding all the temps needed really well.. very pleased..

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Old 07-16-2012, 03:34 PM   #7
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I have 3 of the most common, the 32tip jet burner, the banjo jet burner, and the banjo 10" burner. The banjo burners are user friendly, The banjo Jet burner is most universal IMHO (least powerfull). The big 10" banjo burner on high press LP rocks (it will blow flames up around the keg on high if it is to close, it can keep a low setting to). But place ment of the burner is the problem, you will never get the highest and lowest performance out of the 10" banjo becasue it has such a large range. The 32 tip wok burners are as hot as the sun, light these bad boys up and they will burn your face off!! I am a commerical heating guy and these are powerfull burners that can be hard to run on low settings. The high setting is just crazy. What size batch are your going to do? I'll go with the other guys and say the banjo 10" burner is good. From the top of the 10" burner to the kettel with air vents your looking at about 4-6" ballpark. IMHO

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I will be doing 5 and 10 gallon batches. I have pics posted of my stand. I see alot of people have like a round shroud or wind guard around the burner also? Do i need that? I just want to make sure im right before i spend the money

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I will be doing 5 and 10 gallon batches. I have pics posted of my stand. I see alot of people have like a round shroud or wind guard around the burner also? Do i need that? I just want to make sure im right before i spend the money
If you plan on brewing outdoors you'll want to have some kind of windscreen.

One tip, make sure there's enough clearance to vent the combustion gases, else you'll end up with a yellow flame and a lot of soot. I use a kettle so I added 1/2" rod to raise the kettle off the stand. I've heard of guys with keggles drilling extra holes in the skirt to vent the gases.

Re distance, I use the 6" burner from agrisupply that I converted to natural gas. I started out with distance from the top of the burner to the bottom of the pot at 5". It worked fine but I thought it could stand to be closer so it's now at 4" and seems to work a little better.
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Thanks. It will be in a garage with the door open so there shouldnt be alot of wind. I had thought about drilling holes in the skirt on the back to let out te gases but wasnt sure on that idea. I guess as far as placement goes i will just have to buy the burners and mess with it. Do you have a picture or link to your 6" burners? The cheapest i can find the 10" burners for are about 50$ where as some of the 6" ones go about 17$

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