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Old 03-31-2007, 11:12 PM   #1
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So the turkey fryer setup at canadian tire finally went on sale: 30qt aluminum pot with burner for $50....not bad at all. The thing is, a 30qt pot seems to be the absolute minimum for 5 gallon batches doing full boils....

So to deal with the problem I was thinking about some sort of "boil-over shield" made of a material that can 1) withstand the temperature, 2) create a seal around the rim of the pot and 3) have the effect of giving the pot another 5" - 6" or so in height.

How does the idea sound? Throw out whatever crosses your mind and maybe we'll come up with a solution....


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Old 03-31-2007, 11:18 PM   #2
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I would just keep an eye out for a bigger pot.................


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Old 03-31-2007, 11:30 PM   #3
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I would just keep an eye out for a bigger pot.................
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Old 04-01-2007, 01:19 AM   #4
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I have that fryer kit (bought it before Christmas) and it really is a terrible pot. I only use it for heating sparge water. The metal is so thin that it deforms slightly when you lift a full pot by the handles. I would buy it just for the burner and to use it for heating sparge water, but definitely keep your eye open for a larger pot to replace it as your boil kettle.

I'm not sure how you'd go about extending the pot, I think you would need to get somebody to weld the extension and unless you know someone that would do that for free, you'd probably be better off putting the money towards a larger pot. I bought my 40QT commercial grade aluminum pot at a restaurant supply for $85. It's working out very well as a kettle (hopefully this won't turn into a SS vs aluminum thread now ).
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Even if you found someone to weld cheaply for you, I'd be worried about leaks. Buy it, and look for a keg to convert.
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I have that fryer kit (bought it before Christmas) and it really is a terrible pot. I only use it for heating sparge water. The metal is so thin that it deforms slightly when you lift a full pot by the handles. I would buy it just for the burner and to use it for heating sparge water, but definitely keep your eye open for a larger pot to replace it as your boil kettle.

I'm not sure how you'd go about extending the pot, I think you would need to get somebody to weld the extension and unless you know someone that would do that for free, you'd probably be better off putting the money towards a larger pot. I bought my 40QT commercial grade aluminum pot at a restaurant supply for $85. It's working out very well as a kettle (hopefully this won't turn into a SS vs aluminum thread now ).
40 qts is a good for 5 gallon batches?

How does the burner from the fryer kit hold up with that pot? Think it could handle a keggle?
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40 qts is a good for 5 gallon batches?

How does the burner from the fryer kit hold up with that pot? Think it could handle a keggle?
I do 23L batches and have no trouble with capacity in my 40QT kettle.

The burner itself is very sturdy. I think if I were going to do 10G batches with a keggle however I would brace the legs with some angle iron or something to be safe.
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I don't know what brand of turkey fryer you have, mine is a King Kooker, and it handles a Keggle with a 10 gallon batch just fine. So if you use the pot you have for now, keeping real close attention to possible boil-overs, and look out for a bigger pot or keggle, you'll prolly be fine.
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This guys seems to be doing alright with his smaller pot. While you have to pay close attention to your boil this seems to work out fine for him....check it out.

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This guys seems to be doing alright with his smaller pot. While you have to pay close attention to your boil this seems to work out fine for him....check it out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoo5UvVr-AQ
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