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Old 07-10-2012, 01:40 AM   #1
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Hey Everyone,

I just received Brinkmann's 815-4005-S Outdoor Cooker Stand and am pretty happy with it. I ordered it from Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o00_s01_i01) with free shipping for just $50 and received it quickly and undamaged.

Construction is easy and the instructions are straightforward. I used an electric screwdriver and socket wrench and it only took 20 minutes from start to finish. It's pretty light (I can carry it around with one hand) yet sturdy.

I broke it in using 5 gallons of water in an uncovered 40 qt heavy aluminum stockpot and it took the water from 72F to boiling in only 19 minutes. The boil didn't slow down even when small to medium wind gusts came through. This was only at about 75% power since I didn't want to crank it on its first run out, but I did max it out for the last minute and it's almost scary (100,000 BTUs tends to do that ).

I've used various cookers for other things like crawfish and lobster boils, but this unit gets much hotter than any I've used at a really good price.

Here are a couple pictures I've taken with a 12oz bottle to get an idea of the size. I really like this unit and would recommend it to anyone looking to get away from the agony of using an electric stove (as I so desperately did) for a decent price.




 
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Old 07-20-2012, 04:56 AM   #2
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Considering this over the bayou country because I don't need 300I btu. In say 4 gallon can you bring the boil down gentle from violent?

 
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Old 07-20-2012, 05:31 AM   #3
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Considering this over the bayou country because I don't need 300I btu. In say 4 gallon can you bring the boil down gentle from violent?
Yeah, the controls are pretty sensitive and I can adjust temperatures/boil activity quickly with only a slight turn. I had 1 boil-over scare on my last brew and a quarter turn of the knob calmed it down within a few seconds.

 
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Old 07-20-2012, 02:27 PM   #4
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Thanks. I'm thinking this might be a better option for me. It's never very cold here so probably powerful enough even when I go up to 7.5 gallon full boils, right?

Currently I'm boiling around 4 gallons in a 12" 20 qt pot. My stove has a turbo boiler but I still waste a lot of time waiting to boil.

 
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Old 07-20-2012, 02:43 PM   #5
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Thanks. I'm thinking this might be a better option for me. It's never very cold here so probably powerful enough even when I go up to 7.5 gallon full boils, right?

Currently I'm boiling around 4 gallons in a 12" 20 qt pot. My stove has a turbo boiler but I still waste a lot of time waiting to boil.
Before getting this I had a 20qt pot on an electric stove and it felt like waiting in line at the DMV for it to reach a rolling boil (which it never really did). The unit brought my last 5 gallon brew (starting with 7 gallons of wort) up to a boil quickly, so you shouldn't have any issues.

 
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Old 07-20-2012, 02:43 PM   #6
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"Florence, Y'all"...

Looks good. If I wasn't dead set on getting burners to run on natural gas, I'd probably go ahead and order this right now...
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Old 07-20-2012, 02:49 PM   #7
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"Florence, Y'all"...

Looks good. If I wasn't dead set on getting burners to run on natural gas, I'd probably go ahead and order this right now...
Find any? I have a natural gas stub out back.

 
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Find any? I have a natural gas stub out back.
I don't have natural gas in my neighborhood or I would have gotten something like these: http://www.outdoorstirfry.com/index....es?layout=blog

We used natural gas wok burners like these in culinary school and they get hot enough to smelt gold. You'd probably need to get a cast iron spider or grate to put on it to hold the pot, but if you want to use natural gas they're a decent buy.

 
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Find any? I have a natural gas stub out back.
Here is a burner with stand:

http://www.williamsbrewing.com/HURRI...-P2213C87.aspx

Just need to add a natural gas conversion valve:

http://www.williamsbrewing.com/HURRI...-P2214C87.aspx

Or, you can buy just the burner itself, not stand or lines:

http://www.williamsbrewing.com/HURRI...AND-P2677.aspx
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:08 AM   #10
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I've got a crap walmart clearance turkey fryer propane outfit that was great for the price ($30) but I'm looking to upgrade my burner to something that I can tune to a nice blue, or at least mostly blue flame. Regardless of what I do now, my current burner has a horrible huge orange flame that leaves a layer of soot all over my beautiful stainless pot.

I'm looking to buy this Brinkmann burner. You still happy with it? Can the flame be adjusted easily/effectively?

Thanks!!

 
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