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Old 11-28-2007, 07:48 PM   #1
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Default Partial boil in basement.. what heat source?

I have done my first partial boil batch on the stovetop --SWMBO liked the malty smell, I am good..!-- and it was fine, and will stick to PB for a while.

Now that I have set some space up by the laundry area in the basement, I may want to do everything there, but do not know what to use for heat...

I am thinking portable unit off some sort, running on a small tank, not quite the mega-BTU stuff. There is a door nearby so I could ventilate easily, as needed.

There is a natural gas line nearby too, so I may look into fexible line (like BierMuncher's..?) Local codes would go right out of the window of course...!

Any suggestions/setup that worked for you?

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If I were you I'd use an electric burner. I don't like the idea of burning anything in the basement. Between the fumes and flames, its too much for me...

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If I were you I'd use an electric burner. I don't like the idea of burning anything in the basement. Between the fumes and flames, its too much for me...
Is there a portable electric burner that is powerful enough to boil 3 gallons?
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Is there a portable electric burner that is powerful enough to boil 3 gallons?
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I'd stick to the stove unless I had a really compelling reason to move downstairs if I were you. I know some of the guys around here have set up burners in their basements and rigged up some ventilation; but as someone who has suffered (and almost died) from carbon monoxide poisoning (no it wasn't in my garage, it was a crummy furnace) I would never ever go that route. If you want to move it out of your kitchen, move it outside.

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Could it boil 6.5 gallons? Heh.
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Could it boil 6.5 gallons? Heh.
Answered my own question

W= Watts
B = BTU

W x 3.413 =B

1650 x 3.413= 5,631 BTU

I think I will stick with the propane setup in the garage.

A 3000 Watt burner might be interesting.
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OK, electric is not workable, gas in basement isn't very safe.

I' ll keep using the stovetop upstairs... until I run into a cheap gas setup for outside boiling.

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until I run into a cheap gas setup for outside boiling.
The burner I use outside was $40 + propane. That's cheap enough IMO...
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right now you should be able to buy a turkey fryer, probably with a 7gallon pot, for $40 or less.

places like home depot, lowes, menards, costco, sam's club...even Sears has em.

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