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Re: Propane Burners
« Reply #15 on: January 28, 2010, 09:05:07 AM »
I'm using a regular kettle so I don't know how a keg would fit on it.
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Re: Propane Burners
« Reply #16 on: January 28, 2010, 09:25:42 AM »
There is a review on this burner that states that kettles made out of kegs do not sit properly on it.  Has anyone had this difficulty?

Sorry, can't help you there.  I use a Megapot so I have no idea about a keggle.
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Re: Propane Burners
« Reply #17 on: January 28, 2010, 09:34:52 AM »
There is a review on this burner that states that kettles made out of kegs do not sit properly on it.  Has anyone had this difficulty?

http://www.amazon.com/Bayou-Classic-SP10-High-Pressure-Outdoor/dp/B000291GBQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=garden&qid=1264644924&sr=1-1

I just picked up the Banjo Burner off of Craigslist, it looks like it will work with a keg very well.  Plus i'm sure that the 200+BTUS wills be great for getting large volumes to boil.

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Re: Propane Burners
« Reply #18 on: January 28, 2010, 11:35:22 AM »
I have two banjo burners and cook exclusively with converted kegs.  The banjo burner is almost two powerful for the kegs as I only use about half power on the burner and the bottom skirts of the kegs are red hot and I have even seen some deformation of the skirt due to excess heat.  Oops. 
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Re: Propane Burners
« Reply #19 on: January 28, 2010, 08:23:02 PM »
There is a review on this burner that states that kettles made out of kegs do not sit properly on it.  Has anyone had this difficulty?

I used a half-barrel keg on mine once but didn't feel comfortable with it. The keg base is just barely larger in diameter than the burner ring, so it's precarious and has to be kept perfectly centered.
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Re: Propane Burners
« Reply #20 on: February 02, 2010, 12:14:19 PM »
There is a review on this burner that states that kettles made out of kegs do not sit properly on it.  Has anyone had this difficulty?

I used a half-barrel keg on mine once but didn't feel comfortable with it. The keg base is just barely larger in diameter than the burner ring, so it's precarious and has to be kept perfectly centered.
Get a barbecue grate or a sheet of non-galvanized expanded metal and put that between the keg and the burner.  That'll keep the keg steady.
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Re: Propane Burners
« Reply #21 on: February 02, 2010, 12:23:37 PM »
hence the production of the KAB6.
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Re: Propane Burners
« Reply #22 on: February 02, 2010, 12:32:50 PM »
Bayou Classic Banjo Burner KAB6 with a 15 gallon keggle works like a charm.

http://www.shop.5-0bbq.com/Banjo-Burner-Cooker-With-Hose-Guard-Model-KAB6-KAB6.htm
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Re: Propane Burners
« Reply #23 on: February 02, 2010, 06:39:13 PM »
Bluesman-thanks for the link.  They charge $31 for delivery thought.  I will see what other options are available

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Re: Propane Burners
« Reply #24 on: February 02, 2010, 08:05:39 PM »
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There is a review on this burner that states that kettles made out of kegs do not sit properly on it.  Has anyone had this difficulty?

I have a similar problem.   My 10 gal pot fits fine, but my keg is pretty much the same diameter as the edge of my burner.  I solved the problem *temporarily* by strapping 2 pieces of metal to the burner for support.  Now I need to build a stand that can handle that darn keg.    At least I've been brewing more 5-gal batches vs 10-gal, so it's no major deal.
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Re: Propane Burners
« Reply #25 on: February 02, 2010, 08:52:20 PM »
Bayou Classic Banjo Burner KAB6 with a 15 gallon keggle works like a charm.

http://www.shop.5-0bbq.com/Banjo-Burner-Cooker-With-Hose-Guard-Model-KAB6-KAB6.htm
Just brewed my first batch with one of those. Wow, that thing puts out some heat, and fits a converted keg perfectly!

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Re: Propane Burners
« Reply #26 on: February 06, 2010, 09:40:25 AM »
Seems to me, that weather you use a 220k burner, or a 55k burner, you would use near the same amount of fuel. You will only be running he flame flat out till you hit a boil. With he added BTU's, you will use more fule at that time, but reach a boil faser, allowing you to back it down sooner. With a 55k, you have to run it wide open for a longer time before the boil begins. Seems to me, it's half a dozen one way, and six the other.
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Re: Propane Burners
« Reply #27 on: February 06, 2010, 10:03:46 AM »
Seems to me, that weather you use a 220k burner, or a 55k burner, you would use near the same amount of fuel. You will only be running he flame flat out till you hit a boil. With he added BTU's, you will use more fule at that time, but reach a boil faser, allowing you to back it down sooner. With a 55k, you have to run it wide open for a longer time before the boil begins. Seems to me, it's half a dozen one way, and six the other.

I think that's true for the most part.  My experience is that I used about the same amount with my 55K and 220K.  There are probably slight differences.  For example, I would think that the longer it takes to heat to a boil the more heat is wasted thru the sides/top of the kettle.

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Re: Propane Burners
« Reply #28 on: February 07, 2010, 06:22:09 AM »
While I haven't tried it yet, I think adding a skirt to the banjo type burners will help a lot.  I've noticed that I go through more fuel with outdoor temperatures being lower here, even though there is no wind since I brew in a shed.  I think a lot of the heat is going out the sides between the burner and the keggle.  A skirt would concentrate the heat more. 

Btw... I only use one burner right now too, I keep my first runnings in a cheap stainless steel 20 quart pot until I drain the sparge water from the keggle and I don't have to move the keggle around that way.  I've got two smaller 55k burners that ClaudiusB gave to me but I haven't set up my stand the way I want it yet, I keep changing my mind on how I want it... I like using gravity as much as possible but I don't like having the tops of the kegs higher than four and a half feet or I would need a platform to get up on.   ::)

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Re: Propane Burners
« Reply #29 on: February 15, 2010, 09:34:43 AM »
There is a review on this burner that states that kettles made out of kegs do not sit properly on it.  Has anyone had this difficulty?

http://www.amazon.com/Bayou-Classic-SP10-High-Pressure-Outdoor/dp/B000291GBQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=garden&qid=1264644924&sr=1-1

The keg may be larger diameter than the stand. Thats not good, you need to have some space between the keg and the burner. Also be sure the keg has holes around the rim to vent any gasses that could accumulate before lighting, could ruin your day. I use a stand that we make called keglegs, perfect height for anything, brings a quick boil too. Flexible brewing. Gravity, herms, rims however you set it up.