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Tired of the slow heat and soot, time for a new burner.
« on: January 20, 2016, 02:02:57 AM »
A little over year ago I purchased turkey fryer setup for $25 and got into this hobby.  Just made the jump to AG and a new SS 10 gal. kettle.  Still going stand-alone burner in the garage/shop (door open) and BIAB.  I like the pot 10-14" off the floor.  Time to upgrade the burner.  What say you forum?  What's a good burner?
« Last Edit: January 20, 2016, 04:27:37 AM by Philbrew »
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Re: Tired of the slow heat and soot, time for a new burner.
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2016, 04:32:52 AM »
This is what I use.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_2_4?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=sq14+bayou+classic&sprefix=sq14%2Caps%2C3463

I get it higher by cutting some steel fence posts to about 24", and bolting them to the frame. Works like a champ. The burner is wide and sturdy enough to hold a ginormous pot, including keggles.

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Re: Tired of the slow heat and soot, time for a new burner.
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2016, 10:59:50 AM »


I haven't had a chance to brew with this yet (hopefully will this Saturday ) but I got this for Christmas and built the stand with 1 foot and 2 foot slotted angle iron from lowes and bolted it together.  It took maybe 30 min to assemble and is rock solid.  Burner is a kab4 bayou classic.

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Re: Tired of the slow heat and soot, time for a new burner.
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2016, 12:31:08 PM »
That's a cool idea for a base.

If you have a large kettle I would consider widening the base to make sure it doesn't get tippy on you.  Maybe replace the 1' pieces on the bottom with 2' pieces?  Each corner would extend out 1' (ish) outside the base to give it more support side to side.

I tend to over build though, so it probably isn't necessary.  I knew a brewer who dumped 5 gal of boiling wort over on himself and am very leery about that type of thing.  It took several years for him to heal.

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Re: Tired of the slow heat and soot, time for a new burner.
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2016, 01:26:02 PM »
When I got my new brew system I got the Blichman burner and love it, burns super clean, really quiet and sips propane. Brings my 20 gallon kettle up to mash temps in about 20-30 minutes. I've also heard good things about the newer EdelMetal (sp) and its a bit cheaper but super nice quality as well

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Re: Tired of the slow heat and soot, time for a new burner.
« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2016, 02:06:58 PM »
When I got my new brew system I got the Blichman burner and love it, burns super clean, really quiet and sips propane.


It does??? I've always heard it guzzles it.
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Re: Tired of the slow heat and soot, time for a new burner.
« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2016, 02:24:15 PM »
I have the Bayou Classic KAB6 banjo burner with the bigger foot print.  Works great for me and haven 't had any issues with it:


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Re: Tired of the slow heat and soot, time for a new burner.
« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2016, 04:56:32 PM »
I have the Bayou Classic KAB6 banjo burner with the bigger foot print.  Works great for me and haven 't had any issues with it:


What gal. and apporx. diameter is the kettle on the burner in the photo?
Also, how is that burner for turning down very low?
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Re: Tired of the slow heat and soot, time for a new burner.
« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2016, 04:59:36 PM »
What's the difference between the Bayou Classic Kab4 and the Kab6?

Edit:  Nevermind, just found the answer.  Same burner, Kab6 has a bigger base. 
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Re: Tired of the slow heat and soot, time for a new burner.
« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2016, 05:06:10 PM »

What's the difference between the Bayou Classic Kab4 and the Kab6?
Frame size. The 6 is better with keggles as the legs extend past the keggle.

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Re: Tired of the slow heat and soot, time for a new burner.
« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2016, 06:47:57 PM »
When I got my new brew system I got the Blichman burner and love it, burns super clean, really quiet and sips propane.


It does??? I've always heard it guzzles it.
Interesting, not my experience at all, I got mine just a couple months ago so perhaps its been re-engineered

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Re: Tired of the slow heat and soot, time for a new burner.
« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2016, 07:41:59 PM »
When I got my new brew system I got the Blichman burner and love it, burns super clean, really quiet and sips propane.


It does??? I've always heard it guzzles it.
Interesting, not my experience at all, I got mine just a couple months ago so perhaps its been re-engineered

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Can you turn it down super-low without it blowing out?
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Re: Tired of the slow heat and soot, time for a new burner.
« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2016, 07:53:50 PM »

When I got my new brew system I got the Blichman burner and love it, burns super clean, really quiet and sips propane.


It does??? I've always heard it guzzles it.
Interesting, not my experience at all, I got mine just a couple months ago so perhaps its been re-engineered

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I think the bad experiences are folks that turn it way up. For best results, the flame should be blue and shouldn't rise off of the nozzles.

Think of it like a car. I can get to where I am going faster driving 80 @ 3500 rpm, but I'll get better fuel efficiency driving 70 @ 2700 rpm.

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Re: Tired of the slow heat and soot, time for a new burner.
« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2016, 08:53:08 PM »
When I got my new brew system I got the Blichman burner and love it, burns super clean, really quiet and sips propane.


It does??? I've always heard it guzzles it.
Interesting, not my experience at all, I got mine just a couple months ago so perhaps its been re-engineered

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Can you turn it down super-low without it blowing out?
Not really sure, haven't tried it. I suppose it would really depend on how windy it is;) I've got mine set up with a BrewEasy and TOP with its own solenoid and igniter now. I need heat, it turns on, when it gets to temp, it turns off.

Even before this set up I almost doubled the brew sessions off one tank from previous burner but that was 5 gallon batches, now doing 10's

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Re: Tired of the slow heat and soot, time for a new burner.
« Reply #14 on: January 20, 2016, 08:54:30 PM »

When I got my new brew system I got the Blichman burner and love it, burns super clean, really quiet and sips propane.


It does??? I've always heard it guzzles it.
Interesting, not my experience at all, I got mine just a couple months ago so perhaps its been re-engineered

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I think the bad experiences are folks that turn it way up. For best results, the flame should be blue and shouldn't rise off of the nozzles.

Think of it like a car. I can get to where I am going faster driving 80 @ 3500 rpm, but I'll get better fuel efficiency driving 70 @ 2700 rpm.
Agreed, lots of people really don't know how to properly adjust/mix air to gas ratio for good blue flame and efficient use

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