I guess you could say this is some sort of a disclaimer, but I can’t stress it enough. It is so important to purchase good quality home brewing equipment. Otherwise, the quality and taste of your beer may suffer and it can also turn a fun hobby into a frustrating nightmare. This is definitely true for the homebrew burner.
The days of trying to boil substantial amounts of liquid on your stovetop are over. Purchasing a good quality burner along side a nice brew kettle will allow for great, even heat distribution and help aid in the prevention of scorching. Choosing a high quality burner will also will speed up the boiling process significantly minimizing the time spent waiting around for boil. In addition to quick boil times, it provides a large surface area that can keep large brew kettles nice and stable. If you’re new to the homebrew world and are looking for a descent homebrew burner, below is my top 5 brew burner picks. Hopefully this helps you narrow it down to help you get a better idea on what you are or should be looking for!
Here are our Top Picks
|Precise Adjustments||Yes||Yes||10 PSI regulator||30 PSI regulator|
|Dimensions||18.5 x 14.8 x 15.8 inches||18 x 18 x 13.5 inches||20 x 16.8 x 14 inches||10 x 14 x 22 inches|
|Shipping Weight||31 pounds||14 pounds||20.8 pounds||29.9 pounds|
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Edelmetall Brü Burner
The first thing you’ll notice about the Edelmetall Brü Burner is the sharp sexy looks of the copper accents and elegant Edelmetall nameplate. However, the Bru Burner is just all looks, it’s packed with personality and power. This propane burner is made from brushed stainless steel and copper and will pump out 72,000 BTU an hour.
You’ll find that it only takes a few minutes to get a large kettle of wort to a full rolling boil so no more waiting around. It is also extremely efficient and clean and will not leave burn marks or soot on your shinny brew kettle. Like the Blichmann Floor Burner, the Brü Burner also optional extension legs for a 27” height to make draining easier.
Dark Star Burner 2.0
The Dark Star Burner 2.0 does really have much for features and isn’t necessarily the best looking burner on the market but it sure does deliver the heat. Isn’t that what matters most? The Dark Star 2.0 is capable of producing 65,000 BTU’s of heat per hour at a fraction of the price of the more mainstream brand burners. It’s simple design makes it very easy to use and powerful enough for up to 15 gallon of brew.
The Dark Star Burner 2.0 is equipped with a wind guard, adjustable regulator, lighter power and 6” diameter banjo-style burner. The Dark Star is does not have optional height adjustment like some of the other burners so this might not be the best option for those of you looking for something that will allow for quick drain.
Bayou Classic KAB6 Bayou Cooker
The Bayou Classic Banjo Cooker is an excellent quality burner that provides a ridiculous amount of even heat. This homebrew propane burner is capable of dishing out 100,000 BTU and more, which is plenty of heat to boil several gallons in just minutes. It also has a 22” cooking surface, which is large enough to fit most brew kettles.
Bayou Classic makes their propane burner from high quality, heavy-duty cast iron for enhanced durability and heat resistance. Also included is 4ft rubber hose, 30 PSI regulator and a brass control valve. For the price, this homebrew burner is an excellent value. You’ll be hard pressed to find another burner that can deliver this much heat and reliability for this price!
Bayou Classic SS84 Stainless Steel
The SS84 from Bayou Classic is capable of 60,000btu and is specifically designed for the home brewer. It comes with features and specification that compliment the home brewing needs. The SS84 homebrew burner has an extra large cooking surface that helps keep large brew kettles nice and stable.
Another great feature in the SS84 is the wide range of flame control, which allows you dial in the perfect temp for your homebrew. The SS84 has comes with a cast iron burner and a 10psi regulator with a brass control valve. The square frame body of the SS84 is made from welded stainless steel and comes with a windscreen that encompasses the burner.
Blichmann Floor Burner
The Blichmann name is huge in the home brew supply world and their propane floor burner is just another example of their well-engineered products. This ultra efficient floor burner is an all stainless steel design that puts out 72,000 BTU/hr. This unit will get your wort to a rolling boil in just minutes.
Blichmann also gives you the option to add leg extensions to bring your brew kettle 24” off of the ground, which allows you to drain your kettle much easier. The Blichmann Floor Burner also capable of being converted to a natural gas burner with a simpler conversion kit. is I always suggest going with a Blichmann product if you want something that will last you nearly a lifetime.
There you have it, my top 5 homebrew burners list. These are all great propane burners and you’ll most likely be happy with any of these 5. However, if you’re looking for only the best quality, the Blichmann floor burner is going to be my top choice. Blichmann always delivers extremely well designed products that are designed specifically for home brewers. My second choice has got to be the Bayou Classic KAB6 Bayou Cooker. This thing delivers some serious heat at 100,000BTU and also provides a huge 22” cooking surface for nearly any sized brew kettle.
Hopefully you’ve come to a decision by now and ready to make the purchase and get yourself a new homebrew burner. You’ll certainly be happy you did.