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Old 06-24-2010, 02:28 PM   #1
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Default 60qt Pot over 2 burners on electric stove?

Has anyone tried using a 60qt pot across 2 burners. I'm thinking about ordering a new pot, and due to current living arrangements, cooking outside is not an option. The pot is big enough that it will go across the stove and cover about 3/4 of each of my big burners. I'm wondering if this will work good enough to get a good boil going.

Anyone try it before?

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Old 06-24-2010, 02:32 PM   #2
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How much liquid will be in said pot? Are you trying for 10 gallon batches? That would be boiling 11-12 gallons? In my electric stove experience I would say it's not going to boil, but I have used gas for 90% of my hb career.

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Old 06-24-2010, 02:36 PM   #3
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How much liquid will be in said pot? Are you trying for 10 gallon batches? That would be boiling 11-12 gallons? In my electric stove experience I would say it's not going to boil, but I have used gas for 90% of my hb career.
Planning on 5 Gal BIAB batches so ~7gal of water. It's a flat top stove with one high output burner and one normal burner. I've used a similar set up for a flat top griddle, but that takes a lot less horse power than boiling 7 gals of water.
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Old 06-24-2010, 02:42 PM   #4
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Mine won't do it. I built a heatstick to use in conjunction with my pot straddled over two burners and it works great. Usually only have to turn the burners on half way to get a strong boil. This is with full boils, 6-7g

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I have a 40 liter I used for 5 gallon batches. When my e-kettle did not work the first time I tried to use it, I was stuck with 11 gallons of wort. I put 8 in the 40 liter and straddled two burners and boiled the remainder in another pot.

It took a long time to get it to boil but it worked. One important thing is to get aluminum if you go this route as it conducts better and you will need everything in your favor. As suggested a heat stick may be needed to get it to the final temp to boil.

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I almost always use 2 burners with my 38 qt. aluminum pot. My stove is gas though, so the pot fits perfectly from the flame edge of one ring to the other, so almost all of the heat is being applied to the kettle. I get a double rolling boil on both sides every time.

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I did this, and it worked fairly well (though there are odd looking burner marks on the inside of the pot). If you still don't get enough heat use tin foil to cover the exposed parts of the burners and make a kind of tent with the kettle, trapping the hot air. Do this before you turn them on, it's much easier.

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I have to use all 4 burners on my crappy apartment stove. I have a 60 gallon pot. I can boil 7 gallons, but it's pretty slow.

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Wouldn't work for me and I melted the stove knobs and discolored part off the stove top. I built a heat stick and that along with my 2600 watt canning element can get 12 gallons to a solid boil.

I love the heat stick.

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