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Old 04-01-2013, 07:42 PM   #1
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I just purchased a bigger boil kettle, which means I can no longer brew stove top. I need to purchase a burner. I am confused by all the different reviews of the burners. Is the Blichman really worth the money? What if I don't want to spend that much, which one would you suggest? I have a 10 gallon pot and I brew 5.5 gallon batches.

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Old 04-01-2013, 10:32 PM   #2
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The Bayou Classic KAB6 burner is essentially the same BG14 burner used in the Blichmann in a sturdy mild steel chassis. Sells for around $120, is fairly popular, and if taken care of should last a long time.

The Blichmann floor burner chassis is all stainless steel and sells for $150. It's bulletproof. It'll never rust out and frankly needs zero maintenance. I own two of these and am happy to have them.

Finally, if you actually only needed a burner, you can buy the BG14s on-line for around $30...


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Old 04-01-2013, 11:01 PM   #3
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Love my Blickmann burner. Bombproof, works well in the wind, plenty of heat, and good fine adjustment. None of that can be said about the cheap turkey fryer burner I used to have.

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Old 04-01-2013, 11:11 PM   #4
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I have the Bayou Classic Sq14. Pretty heavy duty. It get's a 10 gallon batch cranking.. For under 50 bucks, it works for me.
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Old 04-02-2013, 12:40 AM   #5
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I too have the SQ14 and feel it gets the job done good enough for me. I have a converted keggle as my brew pot and have no issues getting things to a boil quickly and using very little gas.

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Old 04-02-2013, 12:50 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by pannell77 View Post
I too have the SQ14 and feel it gets the job done good enough for me. I have a converted keggle as my brew pot and have no issues getting things to a boil quickly and using very little gas.
I am very happy with my new SQ14. A major upgrade from my generic turkey fryer burner from the hardware store.
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Old 04-02-2013, 01:49 AM   #7
Jun 2011
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I've had great luck with Camp Chef burners for a couple years now, plus it has legs included.

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Old 04-02-2013, 06:08 AM   #8
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Feb 2011
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My first burner is a Blichmann. I purchased this because I thought I might eventually move to the Top Tier brew stand.

My second burner is a Camp Chef. I got the Camp Chef because it is what i could get locally. In using the Camp Chef I began to see the value of the Blichmann. It is quiet, fuel efficient, and built like a tank.

My third burner is also a Blichmann. I purchase it to go with the first Blichmann on a new brew stand I built (not the Top Tier). I love these two burners.

I will keep the camp chef to use for non brewing tasks, but I really do like the Blichmanns. and they are worth the extra money in my opinion.


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Old 04-02-2013, 02:17 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by lpdjshaw View Post
Ummm... not a burner.

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Old 04-02-2013, 02:54 PM   #10
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There are some things I've cheaped out on and some that I've splurged on since I started homebrewing. One thing that I definitely do no regret buying was a Blichmann floor burner. I had used a friends cheapo and it was like a freaking jet engine. The Blichmann is so much quieter, more fuel efficient, sturdier, and maintenance than what I was using. I've had mine for 3 or 4 years and the only upkeep I've done is occasionally swapping out propane tanks.

So, it was definitely worth the extra bucks for me, but HBT guys will no doubt have comparable solutions for less.

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