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Old 11-14-2007, 04:17 PM   #1
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Ordered one of these today seemed too good to pass up.
http://www.amazon.com/Outdoor-Gourme...ecc_rvi_cart_1

I have seen a few posts lately about people wanting to start AG on the cheap. This would be a good start.

 
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Old 11-14-2007, 04:22 PM   #2
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Yeah...good price on that. 30 qt might be a bit small for full AG boils, but that can be remedied via Instawares' store on eBay. They've got aluminum kettles for cheeeeeap.

I'd also be very careful with that stand. The tripod design looks like it could tip over pretty easily, but I could be wrong.
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Old 11-14-2007, 04:27 PM   #3
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Yeah...good price on that. 30 qt might be a bit small for full AG boils, but that can be remedied via Instawares' store on eBay. They've got aluminum kettles for cheeeeeap.

I'd also be very careful with that stand. The tripod design looks like it could tip over pretty easily, but I could be wrong.
So.... in other words, that pot looks to small, and the stand looks like it could topple over, but it's a good price?

Aren't most turkey fryers that people use 30qt? That's 7.5 gallon - not as big as I would like, but lots of people get by with that size.
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Old 11-14-2007, 04:37 PM   #4
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You would still need a regulator but considering the aluminum version is 88.72 on Amazon, that's an excellent price.

http://www.amazon.com/Aluminum-Outdo...058165&sr=1-58

Jeez it WILL cook a turkey, too.

Heavy duty aluminum version, 59.99:
http://www.amazon.com/Eastman-Outdoo...5058265&sr=1-8

Eastman is a Michigan company. Can't say it is all American made, but I think at least the burners are. I know someone who's dad wrenches their equipment.
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Old 11-14-2007, 05:39 PM   #5
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That's an awesome deal. Unfortunately, the burner and stand may not be the best for upgradability - the way it's built it looks like you'd have to hack it to put a bigger kettle on there, the burner BTU rating is unspecified and it doesn't look like one of the "standard" burner elements you normally see so who knows if you'd be able to upgrade with a standard high-pressure regulator. But, as long as you keep it from tipping over, it'll be fine for 5-gal batches.

But, for 40 bucks and free shipping, I say it's easily worth it, even just for the kettle - if you later upgrade to bigger burner and kettle, it'll still be great for heating mash/sparge water.


 
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Old 11-14-2007, 06:24 PM   #6
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I just ordered on of these also. According to Eastman's website the burner is 65,000 BTUs. The stainless pot alone usually sells for more than that.

 
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Old 11-14-2007, 06:30 PM   #7
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Aren't most turkey fryers that people use 30qt? That's 7.5 gallon - not as big as I would like, but lots of people get by with that size.
Mine said it was 30 qt. But, when put 26 in it starts to get scary. 30 qt will work but might give you an ulcer in the process and you might end up with a little less than 5 gallons when all is said and done. A keggle is probably my next equipment upgrade.

 
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Old 11-14-2007, 08:18 PM   #8
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get a weldless spigot for that pot. pouring 7.5 gallons sucks...so whether you drain your wort through it, or turn this into a hot liquid tank (which is what I did with my cheap 7.5gal turkey pot) its a worthwhile modification.
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Old 11-14-2007, 08:46 PM   #9
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Kmart has the Masterbuilt 30 qt turkey fryer on sale for 40 bucks. I picked one up on Monday. Its an aluminum pot but its thick and the stand seems sturdy but I still plan on beefing it up anyway. It also has a spigot on the pot which I like.

 
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Old 11-14-2007, 10:37 PM   #10
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http://www.amazon.com/Outdoor-Gourme...ecc_rvi_cart_1

Must have been a price correction it's now $99.

 
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