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Old 10-31-2009, 05:51 PM   #11
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insulate insulate insulate Ijust started using a vary cheap light weight aluminium turkey fryer pot from a guarage sale. insulated the outside with a silver foil faced car front window shade cut to size we had laying around the house. I have no problems boiling 6 gallons on my stove
Is this the type with the bubble-cells and foil on both sides?

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Old 10-31-2009, 05:54 PM   #12
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greatest heat loss is through the sides, Most area, insulation is cheap even if you just use a towel, just keep it hiigh enough from bottom of pot to keep from burning down the house, you would hate to have a burnt house ale

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Old 10-31-2009, 05:58 PM   #13
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the car window shade is foil over white plastic sheet , i looked at my local Home depot and the have insulation rolls that were not bubble, I dont think i would use the bubble wrap but if that is all u got give it a try, keep it high enough of the bottom of the pot to keep from bursting/melting the bubles

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Old 10-31-2009, 06:03 PM   #14
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I think fiberglass water heater wrap might be better, less flammable....

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Old 10-31-2009, 06:06 PM   #15
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This looks like bubble to me...

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Old 10-31-2009, 06:38 PM   #17
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Pretz, just go with what you have and see what happens.

If you wait for all the lights to turn green you'll never get to town.
That is true. But if it doesn't work then I have an 8g pot that is doing nothing but taking up space, which I can't return. Or if I wish to use it I'm forced to brew outside and spend more money on turkey fryer.

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EDIT: If your 8 gallon pot has a large diameter it allows you use two burners at once.
I did eyeball that but it probably won't work on my stove.
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Old 10-31-2009, 07:10 PM   #18
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I wrapped a cheap towel around my pot and got a 4.5g roiling boil on my glass top.
You can always do less in your 8g pot.

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Old 10-31-2009, 08:19 PM   #19
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Go to your local welding shop and purchase a Welding Blanket or Curtain. These are fairly high heat resistant and used where sparks and splatter occur during welding operations. They are not fireproof, but they provide more flame retardant than the bubble insulation shown above in the pictures.

I use one on my electric smoker as well as my Brew pot and if you keep it up away from direct flame contact, it will give you excellant insulating coverage.

Here is a link where you can see what the product looks like and decide for yourself if it provides the type of protection and insulating properties you need: http://www.wilsonindustries.com/weld...me_shields.htm

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I just picked up an 8g aluminum stock pot yesterday for doing full stovetop boils. I did a test boil with 5g of tap water, and it boiled after about 75 min with the lid on. It continued to boil with the lid partially on but would stop boiling with the lid completely off.

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