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Old 08-13-2009, 01:53 AM   #1
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I'm new to this forum, but have been brewing for almost a year now. I've just graduated to AG by trying out a Terrapin Rye Ale recipe, but I've had problems with my turkey fryer...the wind makes the flames sputter and I need a way to shield the burner.

I was just thinking of using aluminum foil to cover the gaps since it's cheap, but would the sheet metal option be a better choice?

(The burner looks like this)

Bass Pro Shops® 30-Quart Propane Turkey Fryer

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Old 08-13-2009, 01:55 AM   #2
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This is my solution. It has the benefit of keeping rain and snow out and also conserves propane because all the heat is contained around the pot. Just a roll of regular aluminum flashing from your local building supplier. Nice and ugly too.

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Old 08-13-2009, 02:06 AM   #3
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Ugly is good...

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Old 08-13-2009, 12:53 PM   #4
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Foil won't be strong enough, flashing is the way to go.
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Old 08-13-2009, 01:11 PM   #5
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Use flashing and make sure you have sufficient air flow into the burner. As bradsul posted, it will be far, far, more effective if it goes around the entire pot. You should use it when it's not windy as well, it will still increase your propane efficiency quite a bit.

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Old 08-13-2009, 02:56 PM   #6
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I had all these complicated ideas about using sheet steel, bending it and adding bolts to hold it together...

Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil, or aluminum flashing...duh.

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Old 08-13-2009, 03:25 PM   #7
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Is there any need for any venting on the flashing?

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Old 08-13-2009, 03:37 PM   #8
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Is there any need for any venting on the flashing?
You will note that in bradsul's picture the flashing is overlapping the wood platform he is using which lets ample air in. If you are setting up something that sits flush at the bottom then you may need to provide for ventilation in some other way.

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Old 08-13-2009, 03:40 PM   #9
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I use aluminium foil. Mostly 'cause I'm lazy and have better things to fuss with.

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Old 08-13-2009, 04:10 PM   #10
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Just be careful not to let the rubber propane hose touch the flashing for very long while running the burner. The hose can melt, I know this from experience. That made for a long brew day.

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