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Craig Johnson (198.81.26.42)
Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2003 - 10:47 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I just started brewing with a turkey fryer and have not emptied my propane tank yet. My burner runs at 144K BTU and I have brewed four times. How many batches do y'all get before your 20 lb. tank goes flat?
 

Vance Barnes (216.85.253.82)
Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2003 - 11:53 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Probably 6? I boil for 90 minutes usually and mostly 10 gal. which takes longer to heat than 5 gal. When the tanks start to get cold near the bottom they are about empty. Of course I did a batch once where the tank was cold from the beginning and it lasted the whole boil. Best to invest in a spare tank to avoid the inevitable trip to get more propane in the middle of a batch.
 

Walt Fischer (24.221.196.114)
Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2003 - 02:58 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yup.. ill tell ya my HERMS can eat up some propane.

Ive got one of those 40 gallon tanks, and i can kill it in about 6 brewings of 10-20 gallon batches..
Course im heating (2) 10 gallon quanities each time.. the hlt and the boil...

Walt
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Tom Gardner (162.119.240.100)
Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2003 - 03:12 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Get a second propane tank.
 

PalerThanAle (65.168.73.62)
Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2003 - 03:25 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

For may birthday I got a Weber Charcoal grill. Grilling with gas was cutting into my propane needs for brewing. Get 2-3 tanks so you don't have to run to the gas station to get it refilled during your boil. :)
20 lb tank = 3-5 batches.

PTA
 

Walt Fischer (24.221.196.114)
Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2003 - 04:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

actually.. i have like 4 tanks laying around so i dont run out.. :)

Walt
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chumley (199.92.192.126)
Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2003 - 04:57 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have four as well, and always go get a refill when two get empty. Its a tossup which goes through the most propane, my King Kooker or my Vermont Castings grill.

As a side note since its fall, here's a tip to the barbecuers out there: those Petzl head lamps rock when it comes to grilling in the dark.

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