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LSU Jonno
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My new crawfish boiling gear


I bought my first pot and burner to start hosting crawfish boils in Huntsville, AL. After reading several recommendations on this board I got the double jet burner and the 100 qt cajun rocket pot.

I've boiled crawfish many times, but I've got to say I was a little nervous boiling with this gear for the first time for all of my buddies up hear, most of which are crawfish boil virgins.

I've never timed how long it takes to bring the pot of water up to its initial boil, nor have I ever timed how long it takes to bring the water back to a rolling boil after you drop the crawfish. But with a single jet burner and a normal pot it feels like it usually takes a while.

...not with this rig...

Initial rolling boil - 8 min
Time to rolling boil after dropping crawfish - 5 min

Some might say, what's the rush? You have less time to drink beer, etc. However, all of the time you save during the boiling process, you can choose to make up by soaking the crawfish longer on the back end of the boil (which we did) without worrying about overcooking the crawfish. Overall I think this puts you in greater control for how long you want the process to take, and since the burner is on for a shorter period of time you don't have to scream over each other to carry on a conversation as long. I can also see this rig being a huge advantage when you are boiling multiple batches with one pot.

Anyway, all of that to say, my hat is off to the food and drink board for some excellent recommendations.

My boils are forever pimped!







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OTIS2
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Corn Dawg Nation
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I have that burner. It's hard to beat for that price point.





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I have the same burner but I changed out the 25psi regulator to a 60psi. Sucker sounds like a 747 when I crank it up high





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LSU Jonno
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My burner came with a 30 PSI regulator.

Since I didn't have it on full blast I assume a higher pressure regulator wouldn't do much for me or am I missing something?






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DownSouthTiger
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I do all my boiling with no regulator. Took it off going straight pipes! Been this way for 10 years.





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OTIS2
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Same here.





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uptowntiger84
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I'm sure i'll get roasted here but does taking the regulator off increase the chance of an explosion?





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Don't know...I'm not dead yet.





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LSU Jonno
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Not sure.

I've done some searching on the net when I noticed that I had a 30 PSI regulator and they had others available, 40, 60 etc. Also contemplated removing the thing.

LINK

It looks like the regulator is an important safety device, but the nozzle on the propane tank has safety features as well.

We never used to have regulators on our tanks as a kid. I remember the first time I saw one I had to ask what it was.

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I'm sure i'll get roasted here but does taking the regulator off increase the chance of an explosion?


Did my boiling at my seafood market with no regulators for like 2 years with an average of 2 pots going every day. Sometimes as much as 4-5 pots going and about 3-4 boils in each pot a day. Never had any trouble.






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Neauxla
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so do you think it was the rocket pot or the double jet burner that was the key?

Anyone else switch from a normal pot to a rocket pot? Is there really a difference?






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LSU Jonno
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Honestly I think both played a significant role, but if I had to guess the better product I'd say it was the burner.

The pot was like $200 and the burner is like $70, so the burner is the better value.

If you've got the dough and you are getting a new pot I'd still highly recommend the cajun rocket pot. It felt like I was boiling crawfish in cast iron from a heat retention standpoint.

When I dropped the crawfish the water went from rolling boil to barely bubbling, but I'm not sure it ever stopped boiling altogether. That's why it only took 5 min to bring back to rolling boil. Not only do the studs help the pot to capture more heat, they help it to retain that heat.

ETA: I've seen both products recommended separately on this board, so both are very good. I haven't seen anyone use both products together before though.



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LSU Jonno
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re: My new crawfish boiling gear


My burner came with a 30 PSI regulator.

Since I didn't have it on full blast I assume a higher pressure regulator wouldn't do much for me or am I missing something?






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Lloyd Christmas
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Since I didn't have it on full blast I assume a higher pressure regulator wouldn't do much for me or am I missing something?


Why wouldnt you have had it at full blast? with the rocket pot, 30PSI is fine unless you are trying to further cut time. If you invested so much into other time-saving equipment though, may as well go all out






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I find that trying to boil too fast tends to freeze up my propane tanks

Kind of a fine line for doing it quickly without freezing it


I have put the tank in a tub of water before which helped



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LSUdm21
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How many boils can one get with a double burner on one tank of propane?





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LSU Jonno
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Why wouldnt you have had it at full blast? with the rocket pot, 30PSI is fine unless you are trying to further cut time. If you invested so much into other time-saving equipment though, may as well go all out


I can't imagine needing to spend more $ to further cut time. I'll probably crank it up to full blast this weekend and record times again. We were worried about rain last weekend and so we had some tight spaces to work with. It was just too loud, so we cranked it down some.

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How many boils can one get with a double burner on one tank of propane?
I'll be doing my second this weekend. I've actually got no clue how many you usually get on a single tank because I've never used a single tank exclusively for boils.




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