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Old 01-03-2013, 03:36 PM   #1
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I did my first full 6gal boil the other day and found my old turkey burner isn't really up to the task. It took WAAAY to long to get water to a boil and was hard to hold a good boil with it.

So I'm going to upgrade to something w/ some more juice. I found these two options and while the claim the same heat output, I'm curious if anyone has experience with them that can make a better recommendation. Right now I'm leaning on the KAB6.

http://www.amazon.com/Bayou-Classic-...&keywords=kab6

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http://www.homebrewing.org/14-Propan...html?AffId=160

Thanks... Chuck

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Old 01-03-2013, 03:53 PM   #2
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Chuck - I recently got the 220k burner from AIH that you have listed there. It works like a champ, the only thing is it doesn't have a windguard but honestly with the flame that thing is kicking out your have to be brewing in tornado for it to blowout.

I'm certainly happy with my purchase. Hope that helps!

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I had a KAB4 burner for a while. Until I picked up my first Blichmann burner. I got the leg extensions for it and then picked up a second one to use for the HLT. Very glad I made the switch. The Blichmann burner will stay going while others get blown out (by wind). It also uses less propane due to the shield design (directs the heat up better). Even though the Blichmann is only rated at 72k BTU, it easily performs better than a 210k BTU Bayou burner. Mostly due to how burner manufacturers can rate their product with whatever method they desire.

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Old 01-03-2013, 04:03 PM   #4
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I don't see any BTU rating on the Bayou Classic, so hard to compare.

If money were no issue, I'd be all over the Blichmann Stainless version. However, money is an issue and I tried to balance quality and price when I purchased. I found the same model that my LHBS sells at Wal Mart for half the price, so I opted for that. It has 60k BTUs. I ended up buying the leg extensions too since I use my Brew Kettle for mashing too.

I have been pleased with this model, but it's definitely nothing like the Blichmann.

More Beer's quote on this one: "We tested one of the 60K burner and regulator combinations and were able to boil 10 gallons of water from 66F in 35 minutes"

WalMart ($44 without leg extensions...$66 including legs)

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Camp-Chef-...tlyViewedItems

Morebeer.com ($90 including legs)

http://morebeer.com/view_product/157...oker_60000_btu

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I've heard the KAB6 is supposed to be a big improvement over the 4. I'm curious if anyones tried it. I'm really not looking for a new cheap 60k burner as I have one of those. Haven't looked into the Blichmann yet, but the posts are making me think it might be pricey.

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I see the comparisons to the old Bayou burner on their site, but that's quite a difference in head design and pressure from the KAB6 so I guess I'm just looking for some better data... I really like the idea of a 10min to boil time that in theory that would give me.

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I bought the SP-10 from Amazon. Tested yesterday on 5gal of water. Starting water temp was 45. Got up to boil 211 in 22 minutes. The thing is very loud. Looking forward to first brew. It has to be better then the electric stove in kitchen.

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Chuck - I recently got the 220k burner from AIH that you have listed there. It works like a champ, the only thing is it doesn't have a windguard but honestly with the flame that thing is kicking out your have to be brewing in tornado for it to blowout.

I'm certainly happy with my purchase. Hope that helps!
Cool, I just ordered one. Good price too! 220K, Damn.
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SO justkev... are you going to post a report when you get it?

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This is probably a good place to post this and anyone reading this may be able to help me as well. I got a bayou classic burner this is 13" in diameter which was perfect for my small 5 gallon kettle. But now that I have upgraded to AG I have a 15 gallon kettle that is short, fat, and 16 3/4" in diameter. So when I use the 15 gallon kettle on the 13" burner plate the flame comes out the bottom close to the valve, which is extremely dangerous. Any suggestions on what I should do? If I need to replace the burner with a bigger one, which is a good one to get? TYIA

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