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Old 11-03-2009, 12:05 AM   #1
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The hurricane burner I have is mounted on a homemade stand and sits about 3-3.5 inches below the keggle. I spoke with a gent at Hurricane and have drilled out the orifice for NG use.

I boiled 5 gallons with no problem. With 10 gallons in the pot it barely gets to a boil w/ outside temps at about 50-55 deg. My last batch was off a bit as the boil off was not any where near where it should be.

Anyone else have any problems with 10 gallons and the hurricane?

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Old 11-03-2009, 12:55 AM   #2
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A question for you, is the air shutter all the way open yet, are the tips of the flames yellow?. If the burner air shutter is not all the way open you can increase the drill size for the jet until the flame tips start to turn yellow with the air shutter fully open. That should be the maximum the burner will do, if you need the drill sizes there are a number of orifice sizing charts on the web. Out of curiousity what size drill bit did they suggest?.

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Old 11-03-2009, 01:22 AM   #3
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1/8 bit.

Actually, the air shutter I believe was most of the way closed. It was hard to see during the day, but it looked like when it was opened more there were more yellow bursts. I'll have to fire it up in the dark and see what it looks like.

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I have not altered mine at all. I can do 15 gallon batches with no problem. Hope that helps

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I found the Kings Kooker to be much more efficient for my 10 gallon setup. The hurricane burners I used to have used twice as much fuel to heat the same amount of liquid. I found them here


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I found the Kings Kooker to be much more efficient for my 10 gallon setup. The hurricane burners I used to have used twice as much fuel to heat the same amount of liquid. I found them here
The burner you suggest is useless for the Original Poster because he is using natural gas.
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The hurricane burner I have is mounted on a homemade stand and sits about 3-3.5 inches below the keggle. I spoke with a gent at Hurricane and have drilled out the orifice for NG use.

I boiled 5 gallons with no problem. With 10 gallons in the pot it barely gets to a boil w/ outside temps at about 50-55 deg. My last batch was off a bit as the boil off was not any where near where it should be.

Anyone else have any problems with 10 gallons and the hurricane?
If you propane is low, you might have that problem.
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Here is an orifice size chart that covers NG and propane http://www.joppaglass.com/burner/lowp_chrt.html, 1/8" would probably be right for 7" Ng but with lower pressure NG you should use a 5/32 bit. The target is about 60K Btu's for these burners on low pressure gas, the limit is when the air shutter is full open to get yellow tipped blue flames. If the air shutter on your burner is mostly closed the jet opening is too small, drill it out in small steps and test fire to set air shutter.

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The burner you suggest is useless for the Original Poster because he is using natural gas.
No, really, there are replacement orifices for this burner for natural gas. Sorry, I missed that, but I also know that the orifices can be replaced. That I do not have a link for though.
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Here is a link to the northern brewer site with the NG valve http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewin...ne-burner.html

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