The Dark Star Propane Burner 2.0 Review

Finding a decent propane burner for brewing that won’t cost you an arm and a leg can be difficult. Typically, cheap burners end up sacrificing heat output and are only good for 5-10 gallon batches.

The Dark Star Propane Burner 2.0 offers a solution to this problem. It is the big brother of the previous popular seller from Northern Brewer HomeBrew Supply. Northern Brewer has been


General features of product

best propane burnerThe Dark Star Propane Burner 2.0 is an easy to use outdoor propane burner. Instructions are not included but no assembly is required and it only requires a light. It is a floor burner and has been upgraded from its previous version to be a viable all-grain burner.

The Propane Burner 2.0 has been upgraded with an additional 11,000 BTUs bringing it to a total of 65,000. With this kind of heat output you can bring 5 gallons to a boil in minutes and a 20 gallon batch to a boil in under 15. This makes it a great candidate for larger batches and gives you a competitive edge.

This homebrew burner has also been upgraded to include a wind guard. Wind guards are important when brewing outside. They prevent flames from being blown out and concentrate heat under the kettle. The Propane Burner 2.0’s wind guard surrounds the diameter of the flames and prevents blowouts in high winds.

With all that you are getting you would expect a high price tag. However, This burner is listed at less than $70.00. There aren’t many burners with this kind of power and quality that are available at that price. You can buy two and still spend less than you would on some other popular brands.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • 6 Inch Wind Guard
  • Adjustable Regulator
  • Supports up to 20 Gallons

Cons

  • Loose Base
  • 65,000 BTUs
  • Small flame area
  • Sits low to the ground

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Shortfalls

propanes burners for brewingAlthough this little guy can put out a decent BTU count, it does sacrifice in other areas. It can easily heat a 20 gallon batch but it may not do as well handling the weight. It isn’t going to collapse but it isn’t as sturdy as some of the more expensive models.

Also, the fuel valve is not as accurate as some other brands’. You won’t have an issue cranking the heat and then taking it back to keep a boil but it can’t be as marginally controlled. This means you might have a difficult time keeping specific temperatures. It may not be a big deal to a new brewer but if you are looking for a specific enzyme breakdown you may have a difficult time.


Recommendation

dark star beerThe Dark Star Burner 2.0 is perfect for those making the switch to all-grain brewing. It can support up to a 20 gallon batch and it has a wind guard for efficient outdoor brewing.

The high BTU output brings water to a boil quickly and will maintain a healthy boil for as long as you need. It does sit low to the ground, as all floor burners do, but you can put it on a table like any other.

It also comes at an extremely affordable price. You will literally spend less than half of the money you would on another leading brand brew burner.

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