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Old 09-01-2011, 12:36 AM   #1
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So i am tossing around the idea to swap out the Useless Side Burner On my BBQ With a burner powerful enough to brew with. I am curious if anyone has don't this?

I know it will require removing of everything and re-Engineering structurally the side to support the weight of a 5Gal brew. but i figure it already has a fuel supply i can have my brew kettle at a nice height and if i feel like it i can make stir fry on it too.

i would like suggestions of a burner to purchase for this.

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Old 09-01-2011, 12:55 AM   #2
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I dont think that burner will put off enough BTUs for a full 6.25gal boil

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Old 09-01-2011, 12:56 AM   #3
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Nevermind I don't read stuff right... The easiest swap out would be an old turkey fryer burner. IMO

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Replacing the pissant side burner (trust me - I have the same thing on my grill) with a big ol' gas burner will at the least require a lot more make-up air to work. You'll have to modify the metal below the burner to let a lot more air to get to the burner. And it'd have to be a low pressure burner, or you'll need to replace the grills regulator.

As for the utility of the effort...what size kettle would you be perching on that side burner? Regardless of the weight, I don't think even my 10 gallon kettles would fit in that space...

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It would probably require welding up a new frame, and using a low pressure burner (check Northern Brewer).. it would be a cool project though, as you could whip up some burgers while you brew I might be biased though, I've only got one propane tank that I share between my grill and brew rig..

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I have that exact BBQ and there is no way that I would do what you are suggesting. Those side areas are small and not very sturdy. I see where you're going, but I don't feel that it's a good idea.

If you do decide to go for it, let us know how it turns out though.

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