Originally Posted by PorterBoy
I will be doing 5 and 10 gallon batches. I have pics posted of my stand. I see alot of people have like a round shroud or wind guard around the burner also? Do i need that? I just want to make sure im right before i spend the money
If you plan on brewing outdoors you'll want to have some kind of windscreen.
One tip, make sure there's enough clearance to vent the combustion gases, else you'll end up with a yellow flame and a lot of soot. I use a kettle so I added 1/2" rod to raise the kettle off the stand. I've heard of guys with keggles drilling extra holes in the skirt to vent the gases.
Re distance, I use the 6" burner from agrisupply that I converted to natural gas. I started out with distance from the top of the burner to the bottom of the pot at 5". It worked fine but I thought it could stand to be closer so it's now at 4" and seems to work a little better.