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Old 03-07-2012, 04:25 PM   #1
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Default Outdoor Brewing - Windscreen for Propane Burner

Hey Everyone -

I recently got into brewing larger batches, and I'm now using a Bayou Classic Banjo Cooker. I find that on windy days, I'm losing a lot of heat due to the wind. I assume that everyone has this problem - what did you do about it?

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Old 03-07-2012, 04:30 PM   #2
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You can build a wind screen out of some metal sheeting fairly simply.

I need to do the same thing. My last brew suffered from the wind issues.

Do not use a folding table as a windscreen.

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Old 03-07-2012, 04:37 PM   #3
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Yup. Set up a wind screen around the burner. I used sheet metal cases from hold server class computers. Another option is to use aluminum flashing. Just make sure you burn off the lacquer coating before brewing.

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Old 03-07-2012, 05:14 PM   #4
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You can build a wind screen out of some metal sheeting fairly simply.

I need to do the same thing. My last brew suffered from the wind issues.

Do not use a folding table as a windscreen.
HAHA! This.

You can also cut a cross-section of a dead/leaky/damaged cornie if it is the right diameter for the burners you are using.
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Old 03-07-2012, 08:28 PM   #5
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I used HVAC ducting to build mine.

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Old 03-07-2012, 08:56 PM   #6
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A pair of tin snips and some sheet metal or hvac adapters/collars could do the job. I need to get on this project myself. My brew last week was horrible with the wind. I think I restarted my burner about a dozen times. I had every scrap piece of wood in my backyard balanced around my burner and kettle. It must have been a strange sight for the neighbors. Another idea is having a back up brew spot, like the garage as long as ventilation is decent. Cheers!

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Old 03-07-2012, 09:10 PM   #7
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I haven't gotten around to it yet but I'm going to buy a metal garbage can and cut the bottom off for my wind screen.

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Old 03-07-2012, 11:10 PM   #8
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I too have a Bayou Classic stand and used HVAC duct work. See this thread for more ideas; check out my post #9 for a link to a pic of how I did it.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/burn...ations-197332/

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I used 12 inch start collars and they worked perfect.

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I haven't gotten around to it yet but I'm going to buy a metal garbage can and cut the bottom off for my wind screen.
Used a metal trash can for several years. Works great even during horizontal snow fall. Also use it in the summer to reduce fuel consumption. Completely non-intrusive.
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