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Old 12-01-2008, 02:59 PM   #1
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I've had a couple of cheapie WalMart turkey fryer burners for about 2 years now, and they still work like the day they came home. Not the greatest flame, but gets the jarb done. About 6 months ago, I found the Bayou Classic SQ14 at home depot and picked it up. Worked great for awhile, but now, it's really spotty. Not sure what the problem is...doesn't matter how much I adjust the oxygen mixture, it still screws up. What it's doing is, when I turn it on low and light it, it's fine...but as I increase the gas, many of the jets will blow out, and the ones that don't blow out seem to dance wildly and flicker. They're still blue, but I'm not getting near the amount of heat I was getting from it when it came out of the box, and not even as much as the old WalMart ones. Often, if I turn it up all the way, it completely blows out. Any idea what might be the culprit here, and if it's fixable?

If not, does anyone have a recommendation for a higher-BTU unit? I'm looking at the 30psi, 210K-BTU KAB4 unit. Good?
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Old 12-01-2008, 03:01 PM   #2
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On my bayou classic I have a similar problem if I give it to much air. I just adjust the air mixture until the flame is blue right at the burner outlet. It gets real quiet and puts out tons of heat that way. Anymore air and the flames go out and it gets much noisier.

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Old 12-01-2008, 03:05 PM   #3
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I have to adjust to find that sweet spot as well. The jet engine and flames shooting up the side of my boil kettle were a bit much.

Edit: You might get a thin brush of some sort (like a beer line cleaner) and see if perhaps there are some spider webs or other debris inside the burner.
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Old 12-01-2008, 03:08 PM   #4
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I'm following this thread as well.

Sounds EXACTLY like mine.

I really like the big square base for the keggle to sit on though. Maybe it's time to convert it to Natural Gas!

 
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Old 12-01-2008, 03:14 PM   #5
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I have to adjust to find that sweet spot as well. The jet engine and flames shooting up the side of my boil kettle were a bit much.

Edit: You might get a thin brush of some sort (like a beer line cleaner) and see if perhaps there are some spider webs or other debris inside the burner.
Yeah, might try that. Spilled a bit of wort on it awhile ago, wonder if that might be part of the problem. I swear, though, I can't seem to find that sweet spot with the oxygen mix.
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•Scottish 80/- •Sweet Stout •Roggenbier
.primary | bright:
98: Moss Hollow Soured '09 72: Oude Kriek 99: B-Weisse 102: Brett'd BDSA 104: Feat of Strength Helles Bock 105: Merkin Brown
.on tap | kegged:
XX: Moss Hollow Springs Sparkling Water 95: Gott Mit Uns German Pils 91b: Brown Willie's Oaked Abbey Ale 103: Merkin Stout
98: Yorkshire Special 100: Maple Porter 89: Cidre Saison 101: Steffiweizen '09 (#3)

 
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Old 12-01-2008, 03:19 PM   #6
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Yeah, might try that. Spilled a bit of wort on it awhile ago, ....
I have used pipe cleaners with some success to clean the orifices in a branding iron heater. It sounds like you've got a flake of some junk in there that is standing up and diverting the gas from the holes. A good solid cleaning should do the trick.
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Old 12-01-2008, 03:22 PM   #7
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Yeah, sounds like it needs a cleaning. Might be able to blow out any junk with an air compressor?
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Old 12-01-2008, 03:25 PM   #8
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Yeah, sounds like it needs a cleaning. Might be able to blow out any junk with an air compressor?
great idea, Jon...between that and a pipe cleaner, it should do the trick, as long as that is actually the problem.
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.planned:
•Scottish 80/- •Sweet Stout •Roggenbier
.primary | bright:
98: Moss Hollow Soured '09 72: Oude Kriek 99: B-Weisse 102: Brett'd BDSA 104: Feat of Strength Helles Bock 105: Merkin Brown
.on tap | kegged:
XX: Moss Hollow Springs Sparkling Water 95: Gott Mit Uns German Pils 91b: Brown Willie's Oaked Abbey Ale 103: Merkin Stout
98: Yorkshire Special 100: Maple Porter 89: Cidre Saison 101: Steffiweizen '09 (#3)

 
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Old 12-01-2008, 03:50 PM   #9

I've had a similar problem after spilling some wort that cooked on there. A good long soak in some oven cleaner and a stiff wire brush took care of it- back to full operating condition.

 
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Old 12-01-2008, 04:17 PM   #10
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Post back and let us know if that's the problem, I have an SQ-14 as well.
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