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ChasinTails
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Outdoor Kitchen Question: Built in burner for boiling crawfish
I am getting ready to build a small cooking area on my patio.

I would like to have a single natural gas burner built in to the countertop that is placed low enough to be able to easily accommodate a crawfish pot, but also high enough to cook in a regular pot/pan. Have any of you done something like this? If so, what brand burner and countertop height did you use?

This is is the burner I am considering.

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wileyjones
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re: Outdoor Kitchen Question: Built in burner for boiling crawfish
A really cool feature would be a winch to lift it and dump on a nearby table

Let us know how it turns out and if you end up using it enough to justify!


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re: Outdoor Kitchen Question: Built in burner for boiling crawfish
I built an outdoor kitchen a couple of years ago and considered doing this setup. I decided not to because I didn't want to waste valuable space for a crawfish burner. I also didn't want the mess that comes with dumping the pot etc all over my nice kitchen counters/floors. Getting the seasoned water stains out of a porous travertine deck gives me nightmares.

I stuck with the propane can and burner that I can move all over the yard, driveway, or wherever we happen to set up. It looks like a cool feature to show your friends, but I just couldn't see the practicality of it.

Also, natural gas is a different animal than propane when it comes to the pressure needed to get a large pot boiling.


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natural gas is a different animal than propane when it comes to the pressure needed to get a large pot boiling.


This is the real issue.


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re: Outdoor Kitchen Question: Built in burner for boiling crawfish
Will you be able to cook in a pot (like a gumbo or jambalaya) and boil seafood with the same burner?

I agree with not wanting to take up space like someone said but what if you have a removable piece of countertop in that spot to use when not boiling/cooking. Either a piece of granite or if that’s too cumbersome, cut a piece of butcher block.

I like the idea you’re going after, just need to make sure you’ll use it. In my opinion, if you’re not set up to use something like that conveniently, it will be a waist.


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using it enough to justify!


This is why I doubt I’ll ever do it. Buuuut, I’d use the shite out of a range, so why not do both? Wouldn’t be that much more once already in on one


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Notnac
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re: Outdoor Kitchen Question: Built in burner for boiling crawfish
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I stuck with the propane can and burner that I can move all over the yard,


I agree with this. If anything, build storage for your pot, burner etc... into the kitchen. Then just pull it and put it where you want. No mess when dumping etc...


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ChasinTails
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re: Outdoor Kitchen Question: Built in burner for boiling crawfish
I appreciate all of your responses.

The mess created on the patio is a good point that I will consider.

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Will you be able to cook in a pot (like a gumbo or jambalaya) and boil seafood with the same burner?


According to the Blaze salesman, this dual element burner will boil a seafood pot. 60,000 BTU's. Two, burners, two knobs to enable you to use a single burner for gumbos, jambalaya's, etc.. or both burners for boiling applications.

I do think I might just install it as my only burner and put it at normal counter height.

I could use it for smaller shrimp boils - 1 or 2 pounds at a time. Surely 60K BTU's will boil a smaller pot for shrimp.


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re: Outdoor Kitchen Question: Built in burner for boiling crawfish
I’d put one in, just use a standard counter height though don’t do it special. Maybe get one that’s recessed and has a cover so you can use the counter area if not using the burner.

My reasoning - My dad often boiled like 2 lbs of shrimp or crabs for dinner and always stunk up the house. So he had to do it outside and we got him a gas grill with a side burner. Worked great for smaller pots.


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ScopeCreep
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re: Outdoor Kitchen Question: Built in burner for boiling crawfish
60k btu is fine for a smaller pot. But a 100qt pot with a sack of crawfish, that’s gonna be mighty slow. The high pressure banjo burner is use is something like 200k btu.


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ChasinTails
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re: Outdoor Kitchen Question: Built in burner for boiling crawfish
Solid information, all. I appreciate it.


magicman534
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re: Outdoor Kitchen Question: Built in burner for boiling crawfish
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i stuck with the propane can and burner that I can move all over the yard, driveway, or wherever we happen to set up. It looks like a cool feature to show your friends, but I just couldn't see the practicality of it.


I’m building a home now and in the same boat. Using an extra drop for natural gas fire pit. Sticking with the propane for boiling so I can boil wherever I want


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re: Outdoor Kitchen Question: Built in burner for boiling crawfish
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I could use it for smaller shrimp boils - 1 or 2 pounds at a time. Surely 60K BTU's will boil a smaller pot for shrimp.


At 60,000 BTUs, it should bring a 60 qt pot, 1/2 full of water (7.5 gallons), to boil in about one hour. For a 40 qt pot, it should take about 40 minutes.

EDIT: Since I got a downvote, I'll post the math.

60,000 btu/hr
7.5 gal. x 8.3 lb. x 130 deg. = 8,092.5 btu
60,000 x ~ .15 (efficiency) = ~ 9,000 btu/hr
8/9 x 60 min = 53 minutes
Because it's only approximate due to the efficiency number and other factors, I went with an hour.
This post was edited on 2/5 at 9:36 am


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Coon
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re: Outdoor Kitchen Question: Built in burner for boiling crawfish
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Sticking with the propane for boiling so I can boil wherever I want


This is something else to consider with relation to the above quote. For a big boil (crawfish/crabs), that’s going to be a heavy pot and it would be in a kind of awkward position to get it out and go dump it if it’s in a cabinet like we’re discussing. Big heavy pot full of hot water that could slosh around no Bueno.


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re: Outdoor Kitchen Question: Built in burner for boiling crawfish
I'm getting ready to build an outdoor kitchen and looked into this as well. I decided to just go with an extra natural gas hookup with a quick connect and will probably get one of the Bayou Classic natural gas jet burners for boiling seafood. Figured it would be easier with the bigger pot and I could just pick it up when not using.


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lsujunky
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re: Outdoor Kitchen Question: Built in burner for boiling crawfish
I just ordered one of these Bayou Boiler. I put this RCS 8” door on the end of my outdoor kitchen and plan to put a valve with the quick connector he sent in the door. I spoke with the guy at bayou boiler before plumbing my house and he recommend having at least 3/4” gas line run to the valve and quick connect. I had my plumbers run a 1” main gas line in my house, he says I should have more than enough volume to run the burner.


shoelessjoe
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re: Outdoor Kitchen Question: Built in burner for boiling crawfish
Ordering that exact burner for my outdoor kitchen but not for boiling. I am adding a natural gas hookup on the backside of my outdoor kitchen/pool area that hooks directly to my burner.


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convertedtiger
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re: Outdoor Kitchen Question: Built in burner for boiling crawfish
Another option would be a jet burner or commercial wok setup. Think big arse flame that could double as a crawfish burner. If you use you wok half as much as we do, it would be totally worth it. We are looking at land for our next house and we will have a jet burner that will be a multitasker. Beer Brewing, Asian, boiling, steak searing, ect... Worth a thought to justify a big arse burner. I will set mine at about 24" high. Just my 2 bits.


GoIrish02
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re: Outdoor Kitchen Question: Built in burner for boiling crawfish
Any pictures of a jet burner? Sounds useful, thanks!


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skeetandtrap
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re: Outdoor Kitchen Question: Built in burner for boiling crawfish
I have a natural gas line on my patio. I’ve rigged up a quick detach line and a wok burner. Works great for cooking crawfish. Takes a little bit longer than propane but not to much longer. I like not having to worry about filling up bottles, unlimited supply of NG.


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