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Jordan West (206.27.153.31)
Posted on Thursday, September 18, 2003 - 11:41 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I found this at the walmart page:

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.gsp?product_id=2349370&cat=4885&type=1&dept=5428&path=0%3A5428%3A4089%3A4885

Do you think this would be good for brewing? I have a 5 gallon kettle already but want to do some full wort boils and move into all grain. What do you guys think?
 

Tacoma Brewers (67.160.107.216)
Posted on Friday, September 19, 2003 - 12:42 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

There is a turkey fryer at Lowes for only $20 bucks or so. I've done two batches with it, and it works great. You also get mainly the same stuff as this one from wally world. Burner, 7 gallon pot, etc. You might want to look at that one instead...much cheaper.
 

Jordan West (206.27.153.31)
Posted on Friday, September 19, 2003 - 12:53 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Will do, thanks for the tip!
 

Mike Huss (192.136.16.3)
Posted on Friday, September 19, 2003 - 09:49 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

When you buy a turkey cooker make sure you get one that has a wide base for any future boil pots you may get.

I bought one that has three round bars at 120° from each other with a ring a couple inches above the base to retain the pot. While it is great for frying turkeys and fish with the pots that fit inside that retaining ring, I wasn't able to use it with my Sanke boiler because the bottom ring on the Sanke is the same diameter as the retaining ring on the burner.

I ended up building a stand out of perforated angle and I just swap the burner back and forth between my boiler stand and turkey cooker. In hindsight it would have been cheaper to get one that would work with a Sanke or any other large pot you may end up with.

Just food for thought.
 

Kenny Reed (67.248.200.185)
Posted on Friday, September 19, 2003 - 10:30 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Here is another one:
{http://www.sportsmansguide.com/cb/cb.asp?a=86121}
 

Ken Anderson (68.169.113.59)
Posted on Friday, September 19, 2003 - 12:01 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

When I got my Lowe's model home, I was bummed to discover that nothing bigger than 12 inches in diameter would fit down into it. BUT! You can lift the grate up out of its stand, rotate it 45 degrees, set it back down on top of the stand, and voila, now it will hold a Sanke.
Ken A.
 

Bill Pierce (24.141.63.119)
Posted on Friday, September 19, 2003 - 01:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

One solution to burners with narrow rings is to weld a couple of pieces of 1/2 inch rebar in an "X" across the burner frame. This is very simple task; any weekend welder or shop can do the job for next to nothing.
 

Vince Turley (63.188.201.236)
Posted on Saturday, September 20, 2003 - 02:21 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Here is a shot of a burner that my brother modified for me with some 90o metal pieces that came from a shipping crate that held computer servers.

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Very effective, and no problem with stability whatsoever!
 

Vince Turley (63.188.201.236)
Posted on Saturday, September 20, 2003 - 02:27 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

my image
 

Bret Mayden (66.210.167.34)
Posted on Saturday, September 20, 2003 - 02:38 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hey Tacoma Brewer,
Was the setup you got from Lowes the porcelainized pot with square burner stand? I picked one up last week & can now do full-wort boils (was using a 4 1/2 gal pot until now). It was a good deal. I did not use the supplied burner stand, though, because it did not have a wind shield. I am still using my old propane burner stand that came with my smoker. I did swap burners, though, since my old one was well corroded.
 

Vince Turley (63.188.201.236)
Posted on Saturday, September 20, 2003 - 02:55 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

my picture
 

Vince Turley (63.188.201.236)
Posted on Saturday, September 20, 2003 - 03:15 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

burner.jpg
 

Walt Fischer (24.221.196.114)
Posted on Saturday, September 20, 2003 - 04:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Just outta curiosity..
What the heck is the difference between a 90k burner and a 170k burner? The size of the flame holes or something?
Its hard to tell just from looking at em...

Walt
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Paul Hayslett (64.252.35.69)
Posted on Saturday, September 20, 2003 - 05:45 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Walt,

I think the difference is in the honesty of the manufacturer making the claim. Measuring BTUs actually delivered to a kettle is inexact at best. Most of the numbers you hear bandied about come out of thin air.
 

Wayne M (205.188.208.73)
Posted on Saturday, September 20, 2003 - 11:08 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Metal Fusion rates their 4 inch ring burners by the psi of the regulator. They no longer rate their burners at 170k @ 15 psi for liability purposes as I was told by MF.
 

Walt Fischer (24.221.196.114)
Posted on Monday, September 22, 2003 - 12:28 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Interesting....
So i guess you could get a 90K burner, then jam 20 psi into it and get a 190K burner?
Hehe

My wondering revolves around moving my system up to 55 gallon drums.
I wonder what psi my regulator is...

Walt
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Walt Fischer (24.221.196.114)
Posted on Monday, September 22, 2003 - 12:30 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

think ill move this question to its own thread ...

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