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Old 07-28-2009, 03:24 AM   #1
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I am getting ready to brew my next batch and I want to get a larger brew pot and a propane burner so I can do full boils and get off SWMBO's stove. Since it isn't "turkey" season nobody seems to have the cookers in the store where I can look at one. Walmart has this deal going (Walmart.com: King Kooker 30 Quart Turkey Fryer with Safety Shut-off System: Grills & Outdoor Cooking) and I was wondering if anyone has used or seen one. If so, is it a decent set up or should I keep looking?

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Old 07-28-2009, 03:44 AM   #2
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I have not seen it before. My does seem almost identical except for the stand. It seems to have all of the same parts (thermometer, pot, stand, burner, boil cage, hanging rack) that mine has. This has the additional feature of an auto shutoff which seems like a great idea if the kettle falls but I don't know if it will be cumbersome for brewing. Either way, you might be able to bypass the safety feature and use the whole for a drain. I think it looks good if it looks good to you. I love mine and used it for brewing Saturday morning and then for a ton of corn on the cob Saturday evening.

 
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Old 07-28-2009, 03:45 AM   #3
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eighty bucks for an alum. 30 qt. pot and burner doesn't seem like any kind of a deal to me???

That being said...if you want one this weekend, money well spent i would say.

 
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Old 07-28-2009, 03:48 AM   #4
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I have that stand and burner, but not the same kettle (mine was 6.5 gallons or so). The burner is just fine (in fact, I use it with my keggle).

I got it for $40 from cabelas.com last year though. Don't know that I'd pay $80 for it.

 
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Old 07-28-2009, 04:16 AM   #5
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I got it for $40 from cabelas.com last year though. Don't know that I'd pay $80 for it.
I must be jinxed for getting a good deal, I have looked on line about 20 places and $80 for the full setup seems to be the going rate. At Cabella's, they have a similar setup going for $120 (I would imagine the quality might be better there).

Amazon has a Bayou Classic version with all the pots & hardware for the same price & their burner looks a little more heavy duty. Same price though, $79

I'll do a little more searching then it's time to go for it I guess...

 
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Old 07-28-2009, 04:21 AM   #6
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Well, to be fair, my $40 deal didn't come with the accessories that one does... it was the smaller kettle, lid, burner, and some kind of strainer basket.

 
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Old 07-28-2009, 05:01 AM   #7
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I would suggest you check out that auto shut off feature more closely before purchasing that cooker. IIRC, the regulator has a probe attached which gets dropped into the kettle. This is supposed to prevent overheating the cooking oil when frying turkeys. I don't know if the regulator will continue to operate if the probe gets damaged. That would be my concern. The auto shut off then becomes the weak link and you don't need it for brewing anyway. I don't think the shut off is adjustable, so it would be worthless for brewing purposes. I could be wrong on that. I looked at them briefly a long time ago, but don't remember all the details.

 
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Old 07-28-2009, 01:45 PM   #8
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mine is not like that,but came with the safety temp probe thing that hooks on the side of the pot. I just left it hanging down under the stand so it stays cool. its so you wont burn down the house when using oil.

as soon as you buy that you will stumble across a better one for less $$$

 
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Old 07-28-2009, 01:57 PM   #9
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In my experience...

I had bought a king kooker three burner stove from cabela's got it home and opened the box. well i was not impressed at all the welds looked like birdsh*t, the legs were uneven and parts were missing.

stay far far away from these king kookers....

take a look at the bayou classic burner ...i use these on my brew rig, very happy with the performance and quality.

 
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Old 07-29-2009, 01:13 AM   #10
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Well, Craigslist made me an offer I couldn't refuse. I still ended up paying $75 but the cooker is much better quality than most of the homer store stuff I've seen. It came from Eastman Outdoors Inc and it looks something like these (I think my model may have been discontinued) Eastman Outdoors Cooking Hardware, Accessories & Flavoring Systems

The pot is only 26 qt but it is a pretty heavy duty stainless and the burner seems to be pretty well made. I was hoping to get a cheaper deal on Craigslist but I think having the better quality made up for the price difference.

 
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