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Old 11-13-2012, 03:54 PM   #1
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Finally found a good wind shield for my KAB6 burner. The last 3 batches of beer used up 10-12 lbs of propane and took just as long to heat as my old SQ14 burner. Yesterday I made a barley wine. I heated 15 gallons of water from 100F to 170F, and did a 90 minute boil. I only used 7 lbs of propane using an adjustable cake ring as a wind screen. It can be adjusted from 6.5" to 12.75" making it easy to fit between the legs of the stand and expand to cover the burner. The metal turned darker, and was glowing red hot, but didn't melt.

I bought mine from http://www.pastrychef.com/ADJUSTABLE...NG_p_1185.html

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Old 11-13-2012, 03:58 PM   #2
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Awesome! I love this burner but was looking for a solution for the wind shield being too low.

What kind of kettle are you using?
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Old 11-13-2012, 04:06 PM   #3
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I'm using 3 converted kegs. They are very stable on the stand, even with 15 gallons of water.

I also forgot to mention that the cake ring bends easily. To light it I just pushed it in to expose a few holes from the burner.

 
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Old 11-14-2012, 04:09 AM   #4
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Neat idea!
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Old 11-14-2012, 03:25 PM   #5
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I'm using 3 converted kegs. They are very stable on the stand, even with 15 gallons of water.

I also forgot to mention that the cake ring bends easily. To light it I just pushed it in to expose a few holes from the burner.
Nice! I use converted kegs as well (but a cooler mash tun).

You said it used to take you as long as your SQ14 to head up, what are the heating times like now? Always looking for ways to cut down on time in the brew day.
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Old 11-14-2012, 04:46 PM   #6
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You really need a shield on those burners, not necessarily for wind but for heat loss. It's true that they eat up a TON of propane.

 
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:01 PM   #7
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I didnt watch the heat times very close, but it did go from about 140F to boil much quicker than I expected.

 
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:37 PM   #8
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I just nabbed one of these off of Amazon. Brewing a mild on Saturday!

Overnighted it because I bought it with a 1 micron filter that I need for Saturday. Didn't plan too well for a party I've got coming up. Need to prep 30 gallons for next Wednesday...
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:53 PM   #9
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Thanks for posting this. I've been suspecting that the large gap on this burner greatly affects efficiency. This seems like a reasonably inexpensive solution to reducing the gap and hopefully will direct more heat towards the keggle. I also picked one up on Amazon. I'll give it a spin on my next brew day on Black Friday to see how it holds up!

 
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:11 PM   #10
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The one on Amazon above is about 3/4" shorter. It will work ok, but I think the one that is 3 1/2" tall would be better. That leaves only 1/2" of space between the stand and the shield.

 
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