Do boiling pot dimensions matter that much?

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Killian_77

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I found a 32qt, aluminum turkey fryer pot for $29. It is a short stocky pot, as opposed to the taller, narrow ones. Does more surface area lead to too much boil off, more boil overs because it is shorter, etc?

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you'll be fine. it might evaporate a little more, but the difference will likely be negligible. i think factors such as relative humidity, heat source, etc. will make a larger difference. that's a pretty good price, i'd say go for it. the only thing might be finding a burner that can supply heat to the entire bottom.
 

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I wouldn't go smaller than 40 quarts. With a 32 quart you will never be able to boil more than 6.5 gallons or 7 gallons maximum. If you do all-grain, or plan to, you will be limiting yourself.
 

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I bought my whole fryer setup for just a little bit more. Came with 7 G pot and burner and stand. Yes at 7 gallons you will be limited to all but the heavier beers.
 

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If you look at most commercial brew setups you'll see a kettle which is roughly as tall as it is wide. I use wide pots myself. My boiloff rate is 1 gal/hr with a 40qt and 1.4 gal/hr with a 60qt pot.

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