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Old 10-24-2012, 07:52 AM   #1
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When it comes to burners which would you go with and why? I'm also thinking 15gal + batches. I want something that isn't a slouch and will get me through some great brews. Needing some help. Any ideas!!!

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Old 10-24-2012, 07:55 AM   #2
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Blichmann burners kick ass... I have two, one with the longer legs, and the other stock. IMO, worth every penny. I did have a Bayou KAB4 before getting my first Blichmann burner and won't go back to that one. I've also brewed with people with the 'jet' burners. They sound like jets when you get them burning well enough to even try to come close to how the Blichmann performs. I'm typically getting more wort up to a boil than the other brewers were. I got it there faster too.

For 15 gallon batches, I would go with the Blichmann in a heartbeat.

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Many people in here swear by banjo burners. I have a friend that does 40 gallons at a time with them on low pressure propane. I however only use a standard bayou classic burner (it's the sp10) for my 15 gallon pot.

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Old 10-24-2012, 08:14 AM   #4
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Someone posted something about a 110k or so BTU burner from Lowes or homedepot for 49$$$. Is that a good deal?

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I have the blichmann. It is not only quiet but it heats damn fast

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Old 10-24-2012, 02:26 PM   #6
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Blichmann burners kick ass... I have two, one with the longer legs, and the other stock. IMO, worth every penny. I did have a Bayou KAB4 before getting my first Blichmann burner and won't go back to that one. I've also brewed with people with the 'jet' burners. They sound like jets when you get them burning well enough to even try to come close to how the Blichmann performs. I'm typically getting more wort up to a boil than the other brewers were. I got it there faster too.

For 15 gallon batches, I would go with the Blichmann in a heartbeat.
I use the Bayou KAB4 for my 11 gallon double batches. It will easily boil my 13 gallon pre-boil volume in about 15 minutes after I put the runnings in the pot. It's also pretty efficient. I can get about four 11 gal batches from one 15lb tank and that includes heating all the mash and sparge water as well. It works out to about $2 worth of propane for every 5.5 gallon fermenter it produces...not bad really.
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Old 10-24-2012, 03:20 PM   #7
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I'm in the market for a new burner myself, but torn on what to get.
I am leaning toward the blichmann burner, although it pisses me off to have to pay the blichmann tax just because they've put their name on it.
They do seem to be the best blend of efficiency and power though.
I wish Bayou classic still made the SP10 with a 20psi regulator. My friend has one and its a great burner for the price.

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Someone told me that at homedepot or lowes there is a good and cheap burner that puts out over 100k btu and is around 50? I like the Blichmann, I mean who doesn't, but it's hard to spend that money when so many others have made it work and made it work well without shelling the money. I almost feel like your just paying for a name.

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It's pretty short sighted to just look at the retail cost and say it is cheaper and does the job. Here's some real math from my personal experience:

My Blichmann can do about 18 five gallon batches per propane tank, while my Bayou SQ14 can do about 8.

A propane refill at WalMart cost me $16.00, so the SQ14 uses about $2.00 a batch in propane, the Blichmann uses about $0.89 a batch in propane

The Bayou SQ14 cost me $50.00. My Blichmann cost me $149.00.

SO, easy math, easy conclusion. If you are going to do LESS than 89ish batches on the burner over it's lifetime, the SQ14 is cheaper. If you are going to do MORE than 89, the Blichmann is cheaper.

This doesn't even factor in the build quality over a longer period, where the Blichmann wins hands down. I brew 30+ batches a year, so the Blichmann is a no-brainer for me. If you don't brew much, a less expensive retail cost burner may be right for you.

At around $100.00, the Banjo burner has the same efficient burner element as the Blichmann, but a housing more like the SQ14, and presents an even better value. Then, you are talking a break even point of closer to 45 batches.

I might be off a little, but overall, you really can't argue with the numbers. The more expensive, more efficient burners are a much better value for those that brew frequently.

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I have the blichmann. It is not only quiet but it heats damn fast
EDIT: Just notice blichmann not Brinkmann. Saw turkey fryer in earlier post - IMO just enough for 5 gallon batches

I have a Brinkmann turkey fryer burner and a Bayou Classic SP10. The SP10 is at least twice as fast as the turkey fryer and I will soon be replacing the fryer burner with another SP10.

With my turkey fryer I would guess to make strike water from tap temps for a 10 gallon batch would take well over an hour.
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