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Old 11-20-2006, 06:30 PM   #1
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I just picked up a backyard classics turkey fryer at walmart for $27. Has a 30 qt. aluminum pot. It makes no mention on the box about how many btu's it puts out. Anybody here know how long it will take me to get a full boil going with this? Anybody have one like this that can tell me how well it works? I'm pretty eager to put together the rest of my equipment to try an all grain batch.
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Old 11-20-2006, 06:37 PM   #2
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I just picked up a backyard classics turkey fryer at walmart for $27. Has a 30 qt. aluminum pot. It makes no mention on the box about how many btu's it puts out. Anybody here know how long it will take me to get a full boil going with this? Anybody have one like this that can tell me how well it works? I'm pretty eager to put together the rest of my equipment to try an all grain batch.
Those turkey fryers are very often 55k BTU. I used one for my first AG batch last weekend, and it worked fine. You might need a little more time to get things boiling, but not too much lonfer. Once you get it going on a boil, the 55k BTU burners are more than sufficient for keeping it going. In fact, I had to turn the flame DOWN because my 6.5 gallons of wort was boiling a little too hard.

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Old 11-20-2006, 06:39 PM   #3
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It'll take about 30 minutes to get a good boil going. Most of us use those types of burners.
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Old 11-20-2006, 06:42 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. I just saw a post by JimiGibbs on this same page about the same fryer. I'll post a link pretty quick to send people that way. Looks like a pretty good deal though.

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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=16695
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Old 11-20-2006, 07:17 PM   #5
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It'll take about 30 minutes to get a good boil going. Most of us use those types of burners.

30 minutes? I have an el cheap 55k BTU burner and it's never taken more than 10 minutes to get a full boil...

 
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Old 11-20-2006, 07:51 PM   #6
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definitely a good deal. I got 2 for $37 ea., so if you found it for $24, jump on it...I can get my wort from mash/sparge temp up to a boil in 5 mins.
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Old 11-21-2006, 02:21 AM   #7
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30 minutes? I have an el cheap 55k BTU burner and it's never taken more than 10 minutes to get a full boil...
This interests me because my 10 gal batches consistently take 40 minutes to boil. What volume are you getting to boil in 10 min?

 
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Old 11-21-2006, 02:34 AM   #8
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I think I'm going to go get one of these tomorrow at lunch time. I just need a burner, and I want it NOW, and having the whole fryer set-up would be cool, and there is a walmart a couple miles from my office, and I have a $50 budget, and....
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Old 11-21-2006, 02:38 AM   #9
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I'm debating whether it would be easier, long-term, to have a pair of burners. I have a Bayou Classic Banjo Cooker on the way. But, we've bought my brother-in-law a basic brew kit for xmas, and I know he needs a big pot; if we split a fryer, $15 - $20 each, he gets a big aluminum pot to brew in and I get a second fryer. Just not sure whether it will ever really be useful to have two, like, if I'm starting to boil the first runnings while still heating sparge water, or if I want to directly heat a mash tun. Dunno.
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30 minutes? I have an el cheap 55k BTU burner and it's never taken more than 10 minutes to get a full boil...
And you are boiling what, 3 gallons?

When I heat up my sparge water from ground water temp it takes 30-45 at least. Boiling 8 gallons it is at least 20-30 minutes every time.
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