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Old 08-19-2012, 02:27 AM   #1
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Default Banjo Burner Natural Gas Conversion

I started by converting my standard burner I got from Menards to natural gas. It didn't work out too well. The flame was too small and I could barely keep 6 gallons boiling.

I bit the bullet and bought a banjo burner and converted it to NG this weekend. I bored the orifice out to 1/8" and hooked it up. The results were very nice. Here's a short clip for anyone interested in doing the same:

http://youtu.be/fHaK7brjvao


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Old 01-08-2013, 06:08 PM   #2
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How did the burner do after it was converted? It looks great in the video, but how do you feel it performs in comparison to propane?


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Old 02-16-2013, 10:18 PM   #3
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How did the burner do after it was converted? It looks great in the video, but how do you feel it performs in comparison to propane?

I'm curious to know too cause I am going to drill mine out in the morning!

Anything you would have changed?
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Transforming a high pressure cast iron burner to 11" WC natural gas will dramatically lower its maximum output - but no sane person ever runs a BG-14 WOT on 30 psi propane anyway

From various videos I've seen, with a high volume regulator and properly sized pipe runs you should have more than enough peak output to manage at least a half barrel system...

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Old 06-20-2013, 07:28 PM   #5
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Would it be as simple as swapping out the drilled orifice with a new one to switch back to propane?
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If the only thing you've changed is the orifice size, yes. You could keep the one that came with the burner & buy the NG fitting, no drilling.
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If the only thing you've changed is the orifice size, yes. You could keep the one that came with the burner & buy the NG fitting, no drilling.
Are there other modifications recommended for getting the banjo burners converted?
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Are there other modifications recommended for getting the banjo burners converted?
I'm not the OP & that awesome video is not mine, however, I AM in the process of converting a couple of Banjo Burners to NG. Since the burner is already optimized for low pressure, switching between NG & propane shouldn't require anything more than swapping to the correct sized orifice. I'm not planning (nor have I read anything about) further modifying the burner itself. I have read several posts that advise using a drill press or similar to bore out the orifice.
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:00 PM   #9
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For those who don't want to drill, you can buy the NG orifice at Williams Brewing. It says it's for the Hurricane Burner, but it fits the Bayou Classic Banjo Burner just fine.

Here's my old burner.

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Dcbc Williams Brewery says you need a 11" WC regulator any idea what this means? Can't I just get the conversion valve and plug straight into my supply line with a NG hose?


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