I just spent four and a half hours waiting for 200 gallons of water to heat up on the brew kettle from 50 degrees Fahrenheit to 170 degrees Fahrenheit, and that is way too long to wait for water to heat up, or is it?
My kettle is a gas fired CDC 15 barrel with a 400 BTU burner. With 4.5 hours of burn I would expect the burner to put out 1.8 million BTUs, theoretically it would take a little less than 300,000 BTUs to heat the water 162 degrees, from 50 to a boil. I had hoped that I could heat the water in a couple hours to boiling do to the fact that this system is old and I am positive now, highly inefficient, but I did not expect it to be this inefficient.
Has anyone worked with this system before?
Is this a common problem or is this unique?
Would baffling the burn chamber work to up the efficiency, and if so how?
Thank you for any and all the help.
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