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Do you think it is worth the $135 for a Blichmann burner?
http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewing/brewing-equipment/burners/blichmann-floor-burner.html

I found a turkey fryer at Home Depot for less than half the price. Why should I spend more $ on the Blichmann burner?

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Lots of great responses. I'm about to pull the trigger and buy one myself after suffering with the turkey fryer. It's LOUD and when the afternoon breeze comes up here where I live I have to relight the thing probably 5 times. It'll be worth it for the wind performance alone. –  user3276 Mar 25 '13 at 4:12
    
FWIW I have had very good luck with the Camp Chef unit. –  Warren Keuffel May 3 '13 at 17:22
    
Did the price go up today? Link shows $149.99 Edit: Doh, this question is from December... –  Michael Mus May 3 '13 at 19:23

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http://www.blichmannengineering.com/brew_stand/brewstand_modular.html

If you follow that link, and click on burner data, you can get the manufacturer's description of what makes theirs better. From their description, and what I can see, you're looking at:

  1. Faster boil time
  2. Possibly better designed stand (don't know the other model)

From their numbers, it doesn't look like you'd save propane, merely time, so you have to determine how much that is worth to you. Before going electric I had a low cost model, likely similar to what you're talking about (~$75 with a pot). The stand was underwhelming, but not really a problem. The longer boil time was a big consideration for me.

If you have the money, my perspective is that saving time means you brew more often. On the other hand, if saving money means you get the equipment now rather than later, you might brew more now, which is also important.

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Thanks for that info. I bought the Blichmann burner today from the Home Brew Den (homebrewden.com). I timed a full boil of 4 gallons of water in 20 minutes. The time is worth more to me than the propane. I hope that I can reduce my brewing times with this new equipment. Thanks for the great answer. –  CLJ Dec 19 '10 at 0:16

Its probably worth it if you wanted to eventually upgrade to the blichmann brewing stand, to keep it all modular. If you don't plan to doing a whole stand eventually, the burners from HomeDepot type sources work just fine.

And BTUs for any burner you see is dictated more from the regulator on the tank and not the burners configuration itself. Its also very difficult to compare BTUs across manufacturers because they all conduct the BTU tests slightly differently. So don't be confused.

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+1 one for the comment about BTUs and that they are referring to the amount of fuel that you are using, not the amount of effectiveness of the burner. Its a very good point. –  CLJ Dec 19 '10 at 0:17

I recommend listening to John Blichmann's appearance on Brew Strong where they talk about burners and boil. Obviously the man is proud of his product, so he talks it up. But his knowledge and enthusiasm for home brewing is what really sold me on his equipment.

I settled on buying a Blichmann burner because I hate buying equipment twice. I'd rather spend a bit more on a sturdy, long-term investment. And I thought this was the best way to go.

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+1 for the link to Brew Strong –  CLJ Dec 15 '10 at 22:53
    
+1 for buying right the first time. Saves money in the long run. –  Pulsehead Dec 16 '10 at 16:24

I bought a turkey burner and then bought a Blichmann after realizing how flimsy the turkey fryer was. When I got the Blichmann, the comparison was obvious. Here's a picture of both the cheap turkey fryer and the Blichmann side by side:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jwynia/5333294931/

The Blichmann is considerably more sturdy than any of the turkey fryers I've ever seen. It distributes the flame across the entire area instead of just a ball of flame at the center.

Worth every penny to me.

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It's entirely subjective. When I upgraded from my 5G pot to a 10G and started doing full-volume boils, I replaced my turkey fryer with an "outdoor cooker" burner. I can get 6.5G of water to a boil about as fast as I could 3.5G with my old pot/burner, and my new burner has a wind screen so I don't have to relight if the wind kicks up. I'm sure my new burner isn't as sturdy as a Blichmann, but it's strong enough for me to stand on, so I'm not too concerned about that. It's also fairly noisy, probably more so than a Blichmann (although I've never heard a Blichmann, so I can't say). It was half the price of the Blichmann, though, so since I didn't see any obvious deficiencies in it, it was hard to justify spending twice as much. I'm sure you get your money's worth when buying a Blichmann, but whether it's "worth it" is entirely up to you.

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