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Old 07-21-2013, 02:20 AM   #1
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Default Propane burner advice requested...

I started brewing this past February, and have been very happy with the results thus far, but I have been cooking on the stove which takes a good deal of time and in the summer generates way too much heat and humidity in the house. I'm looking for a propane burner to cook my wort outdoors... any suggestions?

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Old 07-21-2013, 02:23 AM   #2
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Got a bayou sp1 (?) off the shelf from home depot. Think it was $50. Looking back I'd grab the turkey fryer setup instead to get a bigger pot though.

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Old 07-21-2013, 02:36 AM   #3
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+1 on turkey fryer, get one that doesn't have an auto temp shutoff, those don't work well for brewing.

Or, go for a banjo burner or Blich. with a big 10G pot- more $ but will last forever.

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Old 07-21-2013, 01:20 PM   #4
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+1 on turkey fryer, get one that doesn't have an auto temp shutoff, those don't work well for brewing.

Or, go for a banjo burner or Blich. with a big 10G pot- more $ but will last forever.
Auto temp is a pain! My turkey fryer was a gift, so I can't complain. Easy fix with a few strips of duct tape to keep to valve open tho.

Only bad thing is the pot that comes with the fryer is almost to small. You can not walk away unless you want to risk a boil over.
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Old 07-21-2013, 02:06 PM   #5
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The auto shut off is not a problem. You can go on YouTube and find the video on how to bypass it. It is real easy. Once it is bypassed you have a fail safe in case your flame goes out for some reason. you won't have propane leaking out if you walk away from you boil for a few minutes.

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Old 07-21-2013, 02:36 PM   #6
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I have a Brinkmann turkey fryer for my HLT. It has a switch that is depressed when the pot is on it. There are two wires on spade type connectors. Just pull them off the switch and join the two ends together. I don't think what loucurr said is right. If the flame goes out the gas does not stop.

I also have a Bayou Classic SP10 for my boil kettle. It seems a lot hotter and faster than the turkey fryer. The Bayou Classic SQ14 is also popular.

Top of the line bling would be a Blichmann burner.

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Old 07-21-2013, 02:41 PM   #7
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I started with a turkey fryer I got off of amazon. When I went to all grain 7-9 gallon boils the fryer just took to long to get to a full boil for me. I then regulated it to just a HLT. 6 boils later and the thermocouple quit on me. (the models with thermocouples and not just the switch will stop the gas flow.)
I now have a pair bayou sq14's

The turkey fryer is a good start but don't expect to use it long as "upgrading" seems to be a fun part of this hobby.

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If you don't want to ever bother with upgrading, bite the bullet and get a Blichmann. I've done 3 batches on mine so far and it is a monster. Built like a tank as well.

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Ordered the Propane burner/ Turkey Fryer 30 Qt. combo from Bass Pro Shop that someone posted about a couple weeks ago. Used it the 1st time a week ago. Love it!
No more partial boils on the stove(or full boils using 2 3G pots). Sa weeet!

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Blichmann... game over.

It really is worth the extra money. I'd never buy anything else from them but with burners nobody comes close. Unless you want a jet burner. That's a different conversation.

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