Bayou Classic 30-Qt. Stainless Steel Propane Turkey Fryer Kit #1175
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Recommended? YesIt is good for a beginner. Does a 5 gal. batch in spades. Kind of a pain in the ass to chill, since it retains so much heat.
Recommended? YesWorks great, $40-something off Amazon.
Easily boils the 5gal batches I do.
Recommended? YesNot the highest quality burner, but gets the bang for the buck award! Being able to brew in the garage is nice, and it only takes 15-20 minutes to get my wort boiling. The included kettle is just barely big enough for a full boil, but it works. I'd love to someday upgrade to a natural gas burer and a keggle, but until that day this little combo works great.
Pros: Good bang for the buck.
Cons: Bigger is better. 6.5gal boil is pushing it.
Recommended? YesGood value for just starting out. Kettle is small, but works if you watch carefully for boil overs.
The thermometer that comes with it has a long probe but didn't seem very accurate at all. Maybe mine was a bad one or in need of serious calibration - but I'd suggest replacing it with a reliable, preferably digital one.
Pros: Price and utility
Cons: not quite big enough for all grain boils
Recommended? YesI have been using such a fryer for about 4 years and it is great. When I was extract brewing it was super! The tall sides were great for hanging strainer bags for steeping malts. When I switched to all grain brews, the 7 gallons of sparge runoff was a bit much for this system so I bought a 9 gallon brew kettle. I now use my fryer as my mash tun and I heat it as needed throughout the mash.