I’m looking to upgrade to doing full boil brews (still extract) outdoors, and am trying to weigh my options.
The original plan was to get some reasonably nice equipment - Bayou Classic propane burner and a 10qt^H^Hgal stainless steel kettle with ball valve spigot.
I just discovered, though, that a nearby hardware store carries a turkey fryer setup with a 41,000 BTU burner and a 30qt aluminum kettle with spigot. It’s got me reconsidering my original plan because it costs a fraction as much. But I’m unsure how happy I’d be with it over the long haul. I’m sure the burner is cheap, and it also has a rim around the edge that will probably prevent me from using it with a kettle that’s wider than the one that comes with it. And the kettle itself seems sturdy enough, but the spigot looks fairly cheap so I’m not sure how cleanable it is, or if it can be hooked up to any additional plumbing.
What I’m wondering is, should I go for it anyway? If/when I eventually go all grain I’m sure I’ll want at least some nicer equipment. Would I still be able to make use of a cheap turkey fryer as part of that? Assuming the burner can’t be used with a bigger kettle and I need to get a better one, is there any value to owning two burners?