View Full Version : Low-pressure propane burner in 10BBL brewery build

03-27-2014, 08:43 AM
We are currently building our new 10BBL brewery, and want to direct fire the boil kettle with propane (facility already has large propane tank and piping in place). We want to keep it simple and use a low-pressure jet burner(s) from Glacier Tanks (http://www.glaciertanks.com/Products-Jet_Burners.html). Contractors in the area are not fully comfortable putting together the piping, regulator and burner under their permit, and would prefer to stick with just performing the piping. With that, what methods/ideas/experience does anyone have that would help us design and implement a low-pressure propane burner for our 10bbl kettle? It seems like a fairly simple problem to solve, but I want to pull from everyone's combined experiences prior to pulling the trigger on anything. Thank you in advance for your time.


03-27-2014, 01:24 PM
Standard propane systems run with a 2 stage regulator set up typically.
There will be a 1st stage regulator at the tank runs about 10PSIG, and then a 2nd stage regulator at the building entrance which supplies about 11 inches WC with pipe sizing and BTU/hr etc. of equipment taken into account. You need to know what your burner operates at in inches of water column and if it has an inlet regulator of its own and what pressure it is to be supplied with.
Your propane guys and your plumber should be able to get you near your point of unsage and terminate at a ball valve, from which you will then make your machine connection. Your reference to Low Pressure device is unclear. If you can provide your plumber with the nameplate requirements or have him contact the OEM he may not be so shy about making the final connection.

10-12-2014, 08:53 AM
Hi Carl, did you figure this out? We are looking at the same burners only in natural gas.

Bill Walden
Oddball Brewing Company.
Pembroke NH

10-12-2014, 10:03 AM
Just a quick heads up that you might run into inspection troubles if the burner you use is >400k btu and not UL listed.

10-13-2014, 06:14 AM
Now that you mention it, I seem to remember reading that elsewhere on here (seems that this is all I read anymore). I know this has been hashed over in other threads, but I was wondering how Carl got around (if he did) the inspection thing, since he is my neck of the woods. Don't really want to go electric because the gas is cheaper in the long run it seems.