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Old 01-29-2010, 05:21 PM   #1
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Hey does anyone have any experience with the blichmann burner? I am interested if it is the same burner as the banjo/hurricane or if it is different? I know it is mounted on a nice stainless stand but what is more important to me is the btu capacity and burn efficiency. I am currently doing batches that range around 18 gallons and looking for a new rig to use off natural gas. I know both would need to have their orifices drilled out to around 1/8". Any help would be much appreciated.
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Old 01-31-2010, 03:02 PM   #2
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anyone have a blichmann burner?
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Old 01-31-2010, 03:08 PM   #3
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From the looks of it they do appear to be the same. This of course is looking at pictures only.
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Old 01-31-2010, 08:40 PM   #4
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I have a Blichmann burner. I can't comment if they are the same as the banjo but they certainly look similar. I'm very pleased with mine, I bought it for the stainless and because it was about the same price as any of the other banjo burners I could find.

 
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Old 02-01-2010, 12:09 AM   #5
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thanks, yeah they look similar to me, i am just wondering if they are indeed the same. wondering if it would be sufficient for close to 20 gallon boils or if another burner is a better option for that volume.
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Old 02-01-2010, 02:16 AM   #6
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I have a Blichman thanks to SWMBO. The burner looks like the banjo to me. According to Blichman's site, they developed their own burner, so there might be a difference internally? I dunno. Maybe just the regulator is different - the Blichman uses a 10psi vs. 30 psi for the Banjo. Personally, I don't see the need for a 30 psi regulator, since even at 10psi, when it's cranked up to full, a lot of heat gets wasted.

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Old 02-01-2010, 02:43 AM   #7
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From thier own testing, it looks like you net about 19,000 BTUs out of the burner. Losing 74% of the 72K BTUs to ambient...

How many BTUs is the Banjo? 210K?

That is a huge difference.


 
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Old 02-01-2010, 05:52 PM   #8
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thanks, yeah they look similar to me, i am just wondering if they are indeed the same. wondering if it would be sufficient for close to 20 gallon boils or if another burner is a better option for that volume.
I just got my 20 Gallon Blichmann in this week and fired it up using mu Blichmann toptier burner last night. I got 18 gallons cold from the tap to 190 in no time at all and at 3/4 power. So no worries about doing 20 gallon boils with this burner.
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I just got my 20 Gallon Blichmann in this week and fired it up using mu Blichmann toptier burner last night. I got 18 gallons cold from the tap to 190 in no time at all and at 3/4 power. So no worries about doing 20 gallon boils with this burner.
Do you know the temp. of your tap? Do you know what the time was? Is that the 72K burner then?

 
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Old 02-02-2010, 09:29 PM   #10
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Do you know the temp. of your tap? Do you know what the time was? Is that the 72K burner then?
Itís the floor standing 72k toptier http://www.blichmannengineering.com/...d_modular.html
I didnít time it but it was faster than my old burner could go 8 gallons from the tap which is currently 48 degrees. I want to say it was about 40 minutes from 48-190. Next batch I will temp and time it.
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