Originally Posted by zanemoseley
Well I'm just going to have to be content with doing PM brews on the stove. Walmart has 5.5 gallon clad bottomed SS pots for about $50 which I'll probably get to go along with my 4 gal. With this I should be able to mash and sparge on the stove and do a 4- 4.5 gallon boil which is relatively close to a full boil if I top off throughout the boil to compensate for evaporation.
If I decide to go AG then I'll just probably do the outdoor burner/pot combo..
We have a ceramic top Frigidaire which will handle 3 gal boils. However, it takes an hour to reach a boil and when cooking wort only manages a feable boil. It just wasn't getting the job done as it should have although I've made some good beers on it.
Moving to a cheap turkey fryer was a significant improvement. I've since have moved up again to a Hurricane cooker modified for NG. This is one aspect of this hobby... there's always room for better toys...