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another burner recommendation thread
« on: November 12, 2014, 03:35:28 PM »
I am looking for a reasonably priced burner mainly for 5 gallon batches. I may do 10 gallon batches in the future but they would be few and far between.

I currently have a bayou classic (not sure which model) that work fine. I am basically just looking from something more powerful to heat mash water and boil quicker. The KAB4 Banjo is looking like the most logical choice but thought I would check here...

Sorry for a redundant post. I will search around for my answer
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Re: another burner recommendation thread
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2014, 03:54:05 PM »
looks like I might be able to just replace the burner and the regulator as a cheaper option. Looks like I can get the banjo stuff on amazon for $60 and save $20-30
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Re: another burner recommendation thread
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2014, 04:18:29 PM »
Northern has their Dark Star for $49 + 7.95 shipping. I don't have one, but that seems like a good low cost pretty high BTU burner. It's always nice to have 2 burners so you can start heating your wort before your sparge is complete.
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Re: another burner recommendation thread
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2014, 04:21:12 PM »
That seems to have the same output as my current burner I think? It looks like mine is discontinued so I am having trouble finding how many BTUs it has.

This looks like the kit I got except I think my regulator is 5 psi not 10
http://www.amazon.com/Bayou-Classic-3066A-Discontinued-Manufacturer/dp/B0000BXHL0/ref=sr_1_2?s=lawn-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1415809862&sr=1-2&keywords=Bayou+Classic+30+quart+with+burner
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Re: another burner recommendation thread
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2014, 04:43:56 PM »
I was going to upgrade my sq14 burner to the larger banjo. Can't do it now because a buddy added a windscreen and it is a bit too small to accommodate the larger burner. Only an inch or so.

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Re: another burner recommendation thread
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2014, 04:45:41 PM »
I emailed bayou classic to see if the banjo burner will be compatible with my stand.

I also found this which seems like a decent buy for 100,000 btus
http://www.amazon.com/Brinkmann-815-4005-S-Outdoor-Cooker-Stand/dp/B005CSTHPY/ref=sr_1_1?s=lawn-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1415810650&sr=1-1&keywords=Outdoor+Cooker+815-4005-S+Brinkmann

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Re: another burner recommendation thread
« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2014, 06:09:11 PM »
I have the dark star. Been very happy with it. Seems to work well heat quickly and the propane lasts.
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Re: another burner recommendation thread
« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2014, 08:55:57 PM »
As far as I can tell, my current burner has about the same BTU output as the dark star. I need to try to confirm that... I think I want something with at least 100K so there is a noticeable difference from what I have.

Bayou Classic replied that my stand is not compatible with the banjo burner.
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Re: another burner recommendation thread
« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2014, 09:05:36 PM »
This is the absolute worst time of year to buy a propane burner, so if nothing else wait to do the costing until after Thanksgiving.

From what I've been told, the BTU/hr ratings are all but meaningless unless you're comparing two burners from the same manufacturer. An actual 100,000 BTU/hr would be massive overkill for home brewing - that would bring 10 gal from room temperature to a boil in <20 min. Unless you're willing to literally burn through propane (and money), you'll never be running it wide open anyway.

You may just need to replace your regulator. I have a Bayou SP10 (probably the same burner with a 20 psi regulator) and it's more than enough for 10 bbl gal batches.

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Re: another burner recommendation thread
« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2014, 10:33:21 PM »
This is the absolute worst time of year to buy a propane burner, so if nothing else wait to do the costing until after Thanksgiving.

From what I've been told, the BTU/hr ratings are all but meaningless unless you're comparing two burners from the same manufacturer. An actual 100,000 BTU/hr would be massive overkill for home brewing - that would bring 10 gal from room temperature to a boil in <20 min. Unless you're willing to literally burn through propane (and money), you'll never be running it wide open anyway.

You may just need to replace your regulator. I have a Bayou SP10 (probably the same burner with a 20 psi regulator) and it's more than enough for 10 bbl batches.

did you mean 10 gallon batches? I am quite happy with my SQ14 but I can't imagine it doing much quickly on 300 gallon batches.
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Re: another burner recommendation thread
« Reply #10 on: November 13, 2014, 11:37:20 PM »
Whoops! I guess you've mentally transitioned when that starts happening.

Although to give it some perspective, our 10 bbl kettle has a 440,000 BTU burner, and even that would be overkill at sea level.
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Re: another burner recommendation thread
« Reply #11 on: November 14, 2014, 03:50:03 PM »
Whoops! I guess you've mentally transitioned when that starts happening.

Although to give it some perspective, our 10 bbl kettle has a 440,000 BTU burner, and even that would be overkill at sea level.

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Re: another burner recommendation thread
« Reply #12 on: November 14, 2014, 05:19:07 PM »
I've heard the Blingmann is worth the money, though. I've been thinking about ordering one...
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Re: another burner recommendation thread
« Reply #13 on: November 14, 2014, 05:29:28 PM »
I didn't think about just replacing the regulator. I kind of assumed that the different regulators were meant for different burners. That could be a very easy solution.
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Re: another burner recommendation thread
« Reply #14 on: November 14, 2014, 05:38:10 PM »
I have the dark star. Been very happy with it. Seems to work well heat quickly and the propane lasts.

That's good to hear.  I got one of these free with an order from NB.  Haven't used it yet.
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