Originally Posted by maida7
I would add a propane burner. boiling 7+ gallons on a stove takes a loooong time.
Also add a chiller and maybe a grain mill.
I can boil 7.5 gallons in about 45min on my electric stove. The key is insulation, plus I bought a canning element (bigger burner) to replace the bigger element which upped my heat output. My 8 gallon pot sits on both the front huge burner and the back smaller burner (covers about 1/2 the back one). I use fermcap-s to control boilovers if boiling a large volume.
I take out the heating elements, lay long strips of aluminum foil across them in both directions (it overlaps by a good two feet on either side), punch holes for the elements, put them back in, put my pot on them, then fold the overlapping foil up around the brew kettle (you can hook it to the top if it reaches, if not just proceed to the next step to hold it in place). Then I take two extra strips of foil and wrap them around the brew kettle.
I save the 'wraparound' foil for use between brews and discard the 'underneath' foil as it becomes brittle.
Using this method I can achieve a rolling boil in a very reasonable amount of time. While heating I leave the lid fully on until the wort is close to a boil, then I leave it halfway on, then I either take it off or leave it partway on depending on how the boil is going that day (sometimes the weather seems to affect it).
I also use my boil kettle to heat the mash water, then I fill it up again and add sparge water, move the sparge water to an extra 5 gallon container (I have a cooler I use), then I draw the wort into the brew kettle.
Less equipment = good for small apartments.
So... an 8 gallon pot on an electric stovetop works just fine, IMO.