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Old 11-08-2011, 11:39 AM   #31
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I brew in my garage, which faces into the prevailing wind. I rig a windbreak with a sheet of plywood and some sandbags. This works great for the boil. I also use a coleman camping stove. Heat strike water on the turkey fryer, and sparge water on the coleman in a 21qt canning kettle. Still fine tuning my process, but I'm happy.

 
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Old 11-09-2011, 08:56 PM   #32
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Yea, I went with blichmann and I did it for a few reasons, the wind shield is awesome and the propane usage is small. I got about 8g to boil in about 10min from 160. I can get a rolling boil of 14lb of grain for decoctions on low... it was so hot that I missed the rest temp.

The second reason is, you do not want to go cheap with a burner. This is some serious heat that is being pumped out... you want the flame shielded, it to lift off the ground, for it to hold the weight of your pot plus 10G of water... Blichmann was a solid piece of equipment and I love it.

 
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Old 11-09-2011, 09:05 PM   #33
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Ordered my new Blichmann to replace the KAB4 burner today. Looking forward to using it.
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Old 12-12-2012, 01:45 PM   #34
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Sorry to bring up an old thread but I am in the market for a new burner. I was looking at the Bayous or possibly a Blichmann. I do 5 gallon batches but boil 7 gallons. I needs something that will heat evenly (my current burner is a little crooked and scorches the bottom of my SS pot). I also want something that does not burn a ton of propane. Also, I have a really large kettle (diameter-wise) so it's got to be able to fit on there. Not quite sure what the diameter is (I can measure when I get home). Which one would you all suggest?

 
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Old 12-12-2012, 02:34 PM   #35
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Blichmann burner, hands down.
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Old 12-12-2012, 03:20 PM   #36
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I also want something that does not burn a ton of propane.
Be sure to turn down the flame once you get to a boil and you will save a lot of propane. Ask me how I know.

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Old 12-12-2012, 04:08 PM   #37
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Oh boy, go through a whole tank? I usually get 4 brew days off a tank, that is heating strike and sparge water and 60 min boil. Would the blichmann give similar results?
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Old 12-12-2012, 04:13 PM   #38
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Oh boy, go through a whole tank? I usually get 4 brew days off a tank, that is heating strike and sparge water and 60 min boil. Would the blichmann give similar results?
Depending on how big your batches are, you should get at least 4 brews form a tank with the Blichmann burner. Provided, of course, you're not wasting propane (running it too hot).
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Old 12-12-2012, 04:33 PM   #39
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5 gallon batches, boiling 7 gallons. I only heat it enough to get a good rolling boil
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Yeah, I went through a little over half a tank by burning it too high. It also formed a good 1/4 inch of snow at the propane line and froze up the regulator so the flame died down to very low and I lost my boil with about 30 minutes remaining. I will not do that again I will tell you. Of course I was using a KAB6 with a 30 psi reg so I was able to get it going pretty quick.

 
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