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Old 12-07-2011, 12:32 PM   #1
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I am moving from indoor stovetop to outdoor brewing. I am currently putting my equipment together to go from extract to all grain. My question is how many burners do most people use one two or more. I am looking at either buying a two burner combo or two separate burners. Or will one get the job done? My thought process is while I am boiling or heating up water it would be nice to have access to another burner to have two pot going for any of a number of reasons. What do you all think.
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Old 12-07-2011, 12:36 PM   #2
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Either way. You can use one burner to heat the HLT and the other for the BK. I used one for the BK and heated the HLT on the stove top.

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Old 12-07-2011, 12:37 PM   #3
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I bew outside (mostly) and only use one burner, heating my sparge water a few minutes before I start my run off.
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Old 12-07-2011, 12:37 PM   #4
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I use one burner. There is a fair amount of lifting involved and I can only heat one pot at a time. I think having two would make the brew day easier.
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Old 12-07-2011, 12:47 PM   #5
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You can get by with using one burner. I did it for a while. I just recetly built a 3 tier stand with 2 burners to make things easier and cut down on brew time. If you have the resources then I would go with 2 right off the bat. It will make things logistically simpler and faster when it comes to heating up and boiling wort right off the sparge. Basically will let you do 2 things at once vs having to stop and switch equipment around to get boiling. It becomes more of a personall preference for most people. Do whatever will be easier for you.

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If I knew what I knew now, it aint much :-)
I would go with two separate burners or together with equal BTU output
One can heat up the water for mash/sparge and the other can boil.
I'd go big right of the bat....
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Old 12-07-2011, 10:52 PM   #7
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Sounds like two is the way to go. I think I will do two singles that way if I just need one for something I will have it. Is 50 to 60 thousand btu burners good for 5-10 gallons?
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Old 12-07-2011, 11:08 PM   #8
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Get one quality burner (blichmann) and heat up your strike/sparge water on the stove...2 burners would be great, for a sibgle tier stand with pumps...If your still gravity feeding, one is all ya need..
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Old 12-07-2011, 11:15 PM   #9
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I do it all outside on one burner.
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Old 12-07-2011, 11:48 PM   #10
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I am going to say get 2 and here is why. You will want to heat your strike water (HLT) and your BK. The MLT is VERY optional. If you get the square bayou burner (or the cheapy knock off) you can take 4 pieces of pipe to stick on the legs to elevate it and it will hold a keggle with no problems. This is a great way to make a 3 teir gravity system for little investment and minimal work. There is a thread on it in the DIY section but my search foo is failing ATM.

BTW craigs list is a great place to source these if you can't locate a great deal.


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