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Roger Herpst
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Username: Roger456

Post Number: 184
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2005 - 11:26 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'm working on getting my new brew stand fabricated, and I'm wondering how far I need to have my burners from the brew pot. I am using cast iron propane burners with 170K BTU orifices. Looking at the camp stove that I've been using that has similar burners (although I think they are fewer BTUs) has the burners 2.5 inches from the stovetop/bottom of pot.

I read between 4"-7" on another board... what have you done?
 

Marlon Lang
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Username: Marlonlang

Post Number: 498
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 12:40 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

IMHO, kinda-sorta depends. The hottest point of the flame is at the tip of the blue. If your pot is thin you may want to back off so as to avoid a hot spot that will caramalize your sugars. OTOH, if you've managed to relieve BMC of a keg, stainless is a poor heat conductor so 2" from the flame tip may be just right. I use an old burner from a small boiler and a stainless keg. For this answer, I went out and measured. The burner tip is 4" from the bottom of the keg. FWIW, I found that you get the most bang for your buck by sheilding your burner area and the sides of the pot from wind rather than dorking with burner position.
 

Roger Herpst
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Username: Roger456

Post Number: 185
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 12:46 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Better yet, I was able to purchase my kegs from the very kind owner of the Bear Republic.

I am thinking that 2.5 inches may not be enough distance from the top of the burner to the cooktop, but because the bottom surface of the keg is recessed, I think dropping the burner another half inch would be a good idea.
 

Marlon Lang
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Username: Marlonlang

Post Number: 499
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 02:52 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Sounds like a wiener to me. Assume that the flame height varies from 25mm (for BP) to 40 mm, low fire to high boil. 60mm (2.5") should work nicely. Don't forget the wind shrouds.
 

Vince Turley
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Username: Vince

Post Number: 193
Registered: 05-2003
Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 02:54 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

4" is what I, er, have... on my stand with a converted Sanke keg.
 

Geoff Buschur
Advanced Member
Username: Avmech

Post Number: 798
Registered: 06-2004
Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 04:07 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

"4" is what I, er, have"

Turley doesn't sound Asian to me.
 

ELK
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Username: Elkski

Post Number: 1102
Registered: 01-2003
Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 12:51 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

hehe...
 

klk
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Username: Klk

Post Number: 9
Registered: 05-2005
Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 01:56 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

She said "give me 12", and make it hurt"....so I made love to her 3 times and slapped her!