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Vrtigo1 02-10-2014 02:24 AM

Best propane burner?
I already have a propane burner that I got from my dad. It was in his garage and neither of us know exactly where it came from or how old it is. It boils 2.5 gallons in about 21 minutes, so from reading other threads where folks say they can boil 5-7 gals in 15 mins, it seems like it is a bit on the under-powered side. The biggest problem I have with it, and the reason I am looking at replacing it is that the flame is either full on or off. When I try to turn it down to maintain temp it always goes out after a minute or two and I have to lift the kettle off and relight.

I read this thread and a lot of people recommend the SP10 from Amazon.

Couple questions...

A lot of the burners I see being sold at homebrew shops make a big deal out of being low pressure. The SP10 seems to be a high pressure burner. What's the difference and should I care?

As far as being able to adjust the flame down to a level where I can easily maintain temp, is that something the SP10 will get me? That's the main reason I want to buy a new burner so I want to make sure that I'll be past the days of struggling with trying to get the flame low enough to avoid temps getting too high.

cardfan 02-10-2014 03:12 AM

I got the Bayou Classic SP1 Jet Cooker on amazon for around 45$. I can get 6 gallons of water boiling in less than 20 minutes.

bad67z 02-10-2014 03:45 AM

It is pricy but I have a buddy that swears the effency and speed of his Blichmann. So much I'm considering the upgrade.


imnothardcore 02-10-2014 04:07 AM

I have a bayou classic but I just started. I chose this because the comments on amazon were great for a homebrew application.

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Bamsdealer 02-10-2014 04:17 AM

I am really happy with the bayou classic. 50 from Home Depot.

I generally get around five or six brews from a tank. That's heating mash water sparge water and a 60 minute boil. Never timed my boils but I'm happy w the speed. Keeping the lid on while heating helps. It's also very easy to control the flame.

FuzzeWuzze 02-10-2014 05:05 AM

SP10 or SQ4 Bayou's, or even the SP1 all work great, they are all basically the same burner with a different frame.

I went with SP10 just because at the time it was the cheapest...

Conan 02-10-2014 11:17 AM

My old propane setup, which I think was an SP10 on a different frame, took a little longer than 40 minutes to boil 6.3 gallons from mash temps (~140F) and about the same amount of time to heat 2-4 gallons from 66F to 165F. Moving up to a KB14 has saved me over 1.5 hours on the brewday but that is all-grain and requires three total water heating sessions per batch. If you're an extract brewer you'll save less than an hour, probably, on heating time. I'm not trying to discourage buying a new burner but am pointing out that yours isn't that slow. The on-off thing is annoying, though. Is it a safety switch? You may be able to rig in a ball-valve between the regulator and the burner. Kyle

Bamsdealer 02-10-2014 12:23 PM


Here's the exact one I have. Like I said I havent times it but am happy w the heating times. Probably 10 to 15 min to heat 3.5ish gallons from 60 to 170 for my mash and 15 to 20 min to heat 5 gallons of sparge water to 180 and the same to bring 7.5 gallons from 130 to boiling. I dont think any of my heating takes much longer than 20min

Teromous 02-10-2014 01:29 PM

Before you go shopping for a new burner, I would make sure that the burner you already have is cleaned out. Spiders like to build webs in these and there's numerous stories of people having gas problems and it turns out they just needed to blow it out with an air compressor or something. Also take a look at your regulator. It could be that your older regulator might be bad...or it could have had a lower PSI output to begin with. You might be able to just buy a new regulator or something.

This is the one I bought (Bayou Classic KAB4) for $75. I like it a lot.

dk21 02-11-2014 12:27 AM

I'll second the Blichmann Burner. It throws off some serious heat. The leg extensions are super nice too.

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