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Old 09-30-2012, 06:47 AM   #11
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Also, whats ur budget like for this burner? I am in the market for one but after alot of research im leaning away from turkey fryers specifically because of the flame. Ive read that they are more likely to leave alot of soot on the bottom of kettles and with aluminum its a PITA to get clean, i know from working at a catering business. Im getting one of the blichman floor burners when i get my next check. They don't cause a soot build up and are supposed to be alot more efficient. Plus that auto shut off thing I keep hearing about with turkey fryers was a turn off as well. RebelBrewer.com has them on sale with free shipping too.

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Old 10-01-2012, 04:42 PM   #12
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Also, whats ur budget like for this burner? I am in the market for one but after alot of research im leaning away from turkey fryers specifically because of the flame. Ive read that they are more likely to leave alot of soot on the bottom of kettles and with aluminum its a PITA to get clean, i know from working at a catering business. Im getting one of the blichman floor burners when i get my next check. They don't cause a soot build up and are supposed to be alot more efficient. Plus that auto shut off thing I keep hearing about with turkey fryers was a turn off as well. RebelBrewer.com has them on sale with free shipping too.
I bought the $59 Brinkman fryer (comes with a 30 qt brew pot) I seasoned the new aluminum pot with a 1 hour vigorous boil and brewed a batch with my stainless steel pot. No soot at all. You only get soot if you have the flame so high that you get yellow to orange flame tips. As long as the flames are blue no soot. All said the 45,000 BTUs really made a difference. I got a 1 gal/hr boil off rate, nice roiling boil and great hot break with the flames at about 2/3 .
This is the one I bought and I am very happy with it.
http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...a#.UGm5g1EX_vU
PS: the shut off is if the flame goes out or over temp, set at about 400 deg. you will never get close to that boiling water. Never shut off once on me.
PSS: $59 at Home Depot, $100+ everywhere else. Great deal.
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Old 10-01-2012, 05:56 PM   #13
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Budget is important, because although a turkey fryer is a nice upgrade, the pot is barely big enough to boil a 5 gallon batch. Yes it will work, and you will have a decent burner (I've never had any soot) for a very nice price. I'm betting after a bit you might be tired of watching the boil like a hawk, or using anti foaming agents and want to upgrade to a larger pot.

If you can find a decent kettle in the 10 gallon or more range, it's a whole lot better. You can still heat sparge water in the turkey kettle and boil the wort in the larger one.

My fryers don't have an auto shutoff, but I've read where you can bypass them and it's pretty simple.

ALSO - It's close to thanksgiving, so you might want to wait a few more weeks and grab one on sale after turkey day!

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Old 10-01-2012, 06:29 PM   #14
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I purchased a 10G Winware aluminum pot along with a Bayou SP10 for $90 shipped... both work very well, no complaints.

As the others have said, you must boil water in the aluminum pot to build an oxide layer. It is also a good idea to use the boil to map out your liquid levels.

Edit: Guess post was a bit further along than I thought... oops.

30 Q will be cutting it a bit close for a full 5G all-grain boil, but it will be a great improvement regardless over your stove top adventures

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Old 10-01-2012, 06:40 PM   #15
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I bought a bucket water heater which has really helped my hot break and boil off rate. Even though my outdoor Coleman propane burner broke it's leg a couple weeks ago, I can still get a very serious boil in no time on my stove top with the help of this heater.

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I have a bass pro shops model turkey fryer, it came with a 30 qt stainless pot with a spigot. It has a 20 minute timer that needs to be reset in order to sustain the flame. I had a lot of problems with it cutting the flame off when I would go to reset it. So what I did was, I bought a big hose clamp, I think it was like a 6 or 7 inch clamp, and I tightened it around the base of the timer to keep pressure on the switch that allows the gas through. I haven't had any problems since. Though, it probably isn't the safest thing ever thought of.

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Old 10-01-2012, 07:05 PM   #17
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30 Q will be cutting it a bit close for a full 5G all-grain boil, but it will be a great improvement regardless over your stove top adventures
Its doable, you will need like 6.5 gallons to get 5 out which is more than enough space...its probably a good idea to invest in a bottle of fermcaps though, its so cheap and works so well at keeping boil overs down.

That said, besides getting a kit with a turnoff feature(which seems annoying), you can go to any Walmart and get a 8 Gallon IMUSA Tamale Steamer aluminum pot for $20, then go on Amazon and get a SP10 or SQ14 for 45-50 bucks.
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