Crooked Letter’s Top Propane Burners for Brewing

When you first start homebrewing, you’re most likely going to boil your first batch of wort using your kitchen stove and a large pot. I know that’s how I started. That method is fine if you’re just going to be brewing small batches and you have enough patience to wait for it. But as your brews get more popular with your circle, you’ll want to make the transition to bigger batches and quicker boiling times.

Your kitchen stove just wouldn’t be able to cut it anymore. You’re going to need to go from the stove in the kitchen to a garage or patio where you can set up a propane burner, which comes with its own set of challenges.

When dealing with a propane burner, you’ll first need to be prepared for the noise. Because propane tanks are pressurized, propane burners come with hoses that release the pressurized propane, igniting it with a pilot light, resulting in a loud and initially scary sound that you will get used to over time.

You’ll also need a good quality propane burner by your side, especially if you want to keep making large batches of beer, as some camp burners’ weaker frames tend to buckle and warp over time because of the intense heat and the length of exposure.

Good burners often cost $50-$200, and here at Crooked Letter Brewing, we’ve found some of the best propane burners for home brew kits.

Which Propane Burner is the Best?  Our Top 3 Beer Brewing Burner Reviews

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Bayou Classic SP10 High-Pressure Outdoor Gas Cooker, Propane

Bayou Classic SP10 High-Pressure Outdoor Gas Cooker, Propane

The slightly bigger brother of the Bayou Classic Single Burner, the Bayou Classic SP-10 High-Pressure Outdoor Gas ...

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2 Bayou Classic KAB6 Bayou Cooker with Hose Guard

Bayou Classic KAB6 Bayou Cooker with Hose Guard

The slightly bigger brother of the Bayou Classic Single Burner, the Bayou Classic SP-10 High-Pressure Outdoor Gas ...

User Rating: 3.2 (1 votes)
3 Bayou Classic Single Burner Patio Stove

Bayou Classic Single Burner Patio Stove

If you’re just starting to make the move from your kitchen stove to the backyard, then you’ll want a Bayou Classic ...

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4 King Kooker 94/90 TKD Portable Dual Burner Propane 30-Inch Patio Cart by King Kooker

King Kooker 94/90 TKD Portable Dual Burner Propane 30-Inch Patio Cart by King Kooker

This is a two-tiered system with two burners. The lower jet burner can hold a 120-quart pot and produces 105,000 ...

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Bayou Classic Single Burner Patio Stove

If you’re just starting to make the move from your kitchen stove to the backyard, then you’ll want a Bayou Classic Single Burner Patio Stove. With a 16-by-16-inch cooking surface and a 13-inch heavy duty steel frame, this burner is relatively compact. Don’t let its size fool you, however, as this burner can easily put out enough heat to boil 7 gallons of water in 12 minutes!

Bayou Classic Single Burner Patio Stove

The design of the burner ensures even heat distribution along the bottom of the pot, and is much quieter than most other propane burners

The design of the burner ensures even heat distribution along the bottom of the pot, and is much quieter than most other propane burners. It also comes with a 29 inch stainless steel braided hose, regulator and valve assembly.

When you first use this to brew your first big batch, the paint will most likely burn off. This produces a pretty bad smell, so you might want to use it first outdoors or somewhere with good ventilation. The burner itself is also very simple, with almost no assembly required. Perfect for your first big batch.


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Bayou Classic SP10 High-Pressure Outdoor Gas Cooker, Propane

The slightly bigger brother of the Bayou Classic Single Burner, the Bayou Classic SP-10 High-Pressure Outdoor Gas Cooker is a stouter burner that has a couple of features that the basic Single Burner lacks. The SP-10 has a circular windscreen protecting the burner itself.

Bayou Classic SP10 High-Pressure Outdoor Gas Cooker, Propane

It’s rated at 185,000 BTUs so you can boil as big a batch as you want as long as it fits on top of the SP-10.

This prevents gusts of wind from turning off the burner, which sometimes happens to the Single Burner. It’s also more stable due to the wide legs and comes with a longer, 48-inch braided steel hose. Like its little brother, some of the paint might burn off the first time you use it, so just be aware of that.

Other than that its capabilities are almost identical to the Single Burner, except for its improved stability and noisier burner. You might want to choose this over the Single burner if you’re afraid of gusts putting out your flame or knocking over your burner.

It’s rated at 185,000 BTUs so you can boil as big a batch as you want as long as it fits on top of the SP-10.


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Bayou Classic KAB6 Bayou Cooker with Hose Guard

The much bigger brother of both the Bayou Classic Single Burner and SP-10, the Bayou Classic KAB6 Bayou Cooker with Hose Guard is a beast compared to its little brothers. Albeit, it’s an inch shorter and exactly a foot high.

Bayou Classic KAB6 Bayou Cooker with Hose Guard

The KAB6 Bayou Cooker sports a whopping 22-inch wide cooking surface and a 10-inch cast iron burner compared to the 4 inch ones of the Single Burner and SP-10.

The KAB6 Bayou Cooker sports a whopping 22-inch wide cooking surface and a 10-inch cast iron burner compared to the 4 inch ones of the Single Burner and SP-10. This propane burner is built with heavy duty use in mind, and can support more than 150 pounds of material on top of it and pump out 210,000 BTUs of heat.

One of the only cons of this propane burner is the distance between the cast iron burner itself and the cooking surface. However, this can be remedied by placing some tin foil around the burner to direct the flames upward and increase the heat transfer.

All in all, this is a big, solid piece of equipment, and is all you’ll need for a long time, at least until you decide to step up your brewing again.


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King Kooker 94/90TKD Portable Dual-Burner Propane 30-Inch Patio Cart

If you want to vastly improve your boiling time and even cook two batches at once, then you’re looking for the King Kooker 94/90TKD Portable Dual-Burner 30-inch Patio Cart.

This is one of my favorite pieces of equipment, and, dare I say, the best homebrew burner once you leave the kitchen. While the bayou Classic burners are all fairly portable, this monster has the word “portable” ironically inserted in its name as it’s much better suited being stationary in your garage.

King Kooker 94/90TKD Portable Dual-Burner Propane 30-Inch Patio Cart

And although a little assembly is required with this one, the pain is worth the gain, as you’ll have a reliable and sturdy propane burner that should last you for as long as you want to keep brewing.

Needless to say, it’s much harder to move around than any of the Bayou Classics but has the capability to boil two batches of wort at the same time. With the cast burner at 60,000 BTU and the jet burner at 105,000 BTU you can get both batches ready for fermentation pretty quickly.

And although a little assembly is required with this one, the pain is worth the gain, as you’ll have a reliable and sturdy propane burner that should last you for as long as you want to keep brewing.

Whether you want to make small batches for friends or multiple big batches for commercial use, you’ll need a good, reliable propane burner.

These burners are all quality and made to last, so no matter which one you end up choosing, it’ll suit your purpose pretty well. Personally, I’d start out with the Bayou Classic KAB6, just because of the rugged versatility it provides.

You can always buy a Single Burner or a King Kooker 94/90TKD. Just remember to choose your burner in accordance with your needs. There’s nothing worse than needing to brew a giant batch of beer with just the one Single Burner.

There’s also nothing better than sitting in your backyard relaxing with a homebrewed beer while watching the wort of your next batch boil on top of your propane burner.

RobertCollins

About RobertCollins

Hey everyone, I’m Robert Collins - founder of Crooked Letter Brewing. I’ve been an avid brewer and beer enthusiast for the the last 10 years. I started this site to teach everyone how to create delicious beers and spirits in the comfort of their own home.

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