Originally Posted by Dwain
I bought 2 of these burners. I posted several questions about burner heights/adjustments etc. It seems that everyone has adjusted their's a little different, like most HB things. I tried several different arrangements and here are some of the things that I learned:
* The burner face is about 4" from the bottom of the keggle.
* I put a windscreen from the keggle seat to about 4" below the burner.
* I drilled out all of the burner holes with a drill bit that was just smaller
than the holes.
* I am using one of the 30 psi adjustable regulators.
* I spent about 20 minutes adjusting the air/fuel ratio to get the "perfect"
blue flame that stays just under the "rim" of the keggle.
* I started with 65F water.
* A five gallon boil will get to a rolling boil in about 24 minutes.
* A 12.5 gallon boil will get to 160F in about 40 minutes and a good rolling
boil in 65 minutes.
* Boil times don't really vary with or without a lid.
* It is "whisper" quiet.
I think this is a little slow compared to some of the threads that I've read on here. What do ya'll think? All questions/comments/concerns welcome. - Dwain
Here is some information for comparison. I have (2) jet burners from Brinkmann Turkey Fryers. I just finished fabricating my frame and mounting the burners. They are both mounted 2.25" below the bottoms of converted 15G Sanke Keggles. Last night, I tested the time to bring 10G of water from tap (80F summer in GA) to boiling (212F). It took 64 minutes for the HLT burner and 72 minutes for the Boil Kettle burner. Much longer than I expected but brew days are never from tap to boiling. I would like to upgrade the burner down the road but want to go the natural gas route. I don't want to drain a propane tank every time I brew.