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Old 10-02-2013, 04:06 AM   #1
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Hey guys, I wanna know what you guys think about this weed burner as a HLT burner. Harbor Freight Weed Burner I have the space under my brewstand to mount it, heck I could even hold it. It puts out a very serious amount of heat. The $20 price tag is super enticing, even more so since I already have one. Getting your guys opinion before I burn eye brows off.

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Old 10-02-2013, 05:34 AM   #2
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A hand-held flame thrower is an awesome idea for a HLT burner...

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Old 10-02-2013, 05:55 AM   #3
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Maybe outdoors. If it comes loose and torches the wall indoors you may get some ash in the wort.

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Ok did some tests and got some numbers.
Did 9 1/2 gallons of water with the burners near the same distance.
The weed burner was 1/3 of the way on. While the turkey fryer was
on full.

Harbor Freight Weed Burner

86F -> 116 in 5 mins
Turkey Fryer (what I've been using)
90 -> 110 in 5 mins
With these numbers the weed burner can bring the HLT from 85 to
212 in 22 mins. Where the turkey fryer would take 33 mins.
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Like pretty much everyone i'm skeptical of HF's quality, i'd barely even want to use one of their electric saws in fear it would fall apart, no way in hell you could pay me to use something of theirs that's flammable hooked up to a tank of propane.

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Especially not when you can get a SP-10 Banjo burner for $50 pretty much anywhere.

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You could flame the side of the tank with the thrower while cooking the bottom with the burner..

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Default boil time

There are other ways of reducing boil time.

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Northern Brewer's burner is like $40. I agree with the above sentiments on mounting a Harbor Freight flame thrower anywhere in or near my house.

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Maybe outdoors. If it comes loose and torches the wall indoors you may get some ash in the wort.
True homebrewer... It may torch ur garage walls, burn down ur house, but the only downside truly is that the burned upwalls might add off flavors to ur beer!
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You could use two for the same price as one of those pricey turkey burners. Plus, you could speed up that heating time considerably as well.

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