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Blichmann HellFire Floor Standing Burner
BL256
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Description

Efficient, fast, and versatile.  The new burner from Blichmann Engineering is appropriately named HellFire™!   This dual mode capability burner is unlike anything else on the market and is sure to satisfy all your heating needs.  No wonder it is patent pending!  This custom made burner is tuned to operate in high efficiency mode, and also in a secondary high power mode.  In the high power mode, you'll be amazed with 140,000 BTU/hr output for blazing fast heating - double the power of the previous design.  Waiting for a boil is now a thing of the past.  In the high efficiency mode, you'll get 80,000 BTU/hr and superb heat transfer to the wort and whisper quiet operation.  Plenty of power to keep a rolling boil on a 20 gal batch of beer.  Even our efficiency mode has significantly more power than the competition!  To top off all that power we include a patent pending heat shield to keep that massive power off your valve and thermometer and direct it to your wort.

Features:

  • Dual mode capacity
    • High Power Mode: 140,000 BTU/hr
    • Efficiency Mode: 80,000/hr
  • Patent Pending Clip-on Heat Shield keeps valves cool
  • Kettle Retaining bars adjust to accommodate kettles up to 20" in diameter
  • Heavy Gauge Rust free Stainless Steel Construction will keep you brewing for years!
  • Designed for outdoor use, the heat shield and body will protect your brew from wind

Can accommodate kettles up to 20" Diameter or 250 lbs. (175 when using leg extensions)

Leg Extensions are expected to be available in Late November.

 
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Item # BL256
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Weight 30LBS
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Valued C on Feb 19, 2018
I need a second burner - currently have this burner and I'm very pleased with it.
Walter S on Feb 15, 2018
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Valued C on Feb 19, 2018
love the brand. excellent customer service
Bryan W on Feb 19, 2018
I need a second burner - currently have this burner and I'm very pleased with it.
Walter S on Feb 15, 2018
Reviews were good, best burner for the price on the market, free shipping
Andrew Z on Feb 6, 2018
Brew strong
Michael T on Jan 25, 2018
I’m attempting to make beer and this looked legit so here I am
Valued C on Jan 23, 2018
Features, price
Brian A on Jan 19, 2018
love the brand. excellent customer service
Bryan W on Feb 19, 2018
Reviews were good, best burner for the price on the market, free shipping
Andrew Z on Feb 6, 2018
Reviews

3.4 / 5.0
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Great Burner. A bit tough to control gas flow.
The burner is great. Very well built. I added the natural gas conversion kit so I can use my home gas supply. It is challenging to effectively throttle the gas flow. It seems to be either "on" or "off." There is a bit of control when the valve is nearly completely closed, but the rest of the range does not seem to adjust much. Perhaps it is adjusting the flow without a lot of visual indication. Either way, it is tough to throttle.
February 4, 2018
Purchased
1 month ago
Great except in any wind.
Great in everyway except if there is wind. Anything above 10mph and it uses a ton of fuel and even blows out.
February 2, 2018
Purchased
1 month ago
So much better than my turkey fryer burner.
Certainly heats faster than the turkey fryer burner, but also much cleaner. I could never get the TFB to give a clean flame and cleaning the outside of my kettle was as much work as the inside. Now I don't really need to clean the outside.
February 1, 2018
Purchased
2 months ago
Great burner!
I have had this Blichmann Burner for a few months and several brews. I get to boil very quickly and the burner is quiet. Great features, you get what you pay for.

Morebeer's ordering, delivery is top notch. I also purchased this with the leg extensions. Mixed on those, not because of functionality but because I really did not need the height I thought I did.
January 27, 2018
Purchased
1 month ago
Twitchy ... but HOT
Great burner, but the regulator leaves a lot to be desired. It’s much too fussy to adjust and, frankly, is not the same quality as the burner itself.

I’m also not a fan of the pot supports. Plenty strong - don’t mistake that, but I think they only work well for one pot size, once adjusted to fit.

The burner build quality itself is stellar, including both the cast burner as well as the housing.
January 26, 2018
Purchased
1 month ago
Solid burner
I didn't experience any of the issues some of the reviewers have complained about. I stack four cinder blocks in my backyard and use a level to make sure everything is, well, "level".
Once or twice I did get a loud "wooshing" sound while the burner was lit, but it turned out that the brass valve wasn't tight. Once I tightened that up, all was well.
As far as the flame being too orange, there is a slider for fuel/air mixture ratio. You have to dial it in, but that takes just a few moments.
I bought this burner after my roommates kicked me out of the kitchen, and it has worked wonderfully for about 20 batches and counting. During the first use I did lose some paint because of the heat, so I deducted one star.
January 18, 2018
Awesome & Efficient Burner
On my first brew day with this I was also brewing with a new 10 gallon spike kettle. I recently upgraded from the gold old fashioned turkey fryer and the Spike kettle wouldn't fit so I needed a new burner. I thought long and hard about just buying a bayou classic (either kab4 or kab6), but at the end of the day, settled with the hellfire as I ready it was much more efficient.

On brew day, I took 6 gallons or strike water from 70-170 in 14 minutes. The flame was set extremely low and I probably could have sped this up even more if I wanted to "waste" propane. Heating the mash from mash temp (160ish) to boil took no time at all. ~7 gallons got to boiling in about 10 minutes. I was not expecting either of these times to be this quick, and I am used to having to wait much longer with my old setup.

I'm pretty happy with the purchase, just hoping it continues to perform at this level for the duration of its life (which I hope is a long time)
October 26, 2017
Surprisingly Mediocre
Like others, I am very underwhelmed, to say the least, with this 'premium burner.' I was considering more Blichmann equipment, but if this what paying the premium gets, I'll look at other suppliers. Several specific problems:

1. It does NOT have two distinct "modes" that are easily selected as the description implies. It has an adjustable damper and an adjustable gas tank valve (the latter of which seems pretty flimsy) - evidently some combination of the two produces one "mode" or the other, but the user would never know which "mode" is being be used, nor are the instructions much help on this or other questions.
2. It is almost impossible to maintain a steeping temperature with this burner - the lowest functional setting runs past the 150-160 degree range, so you need to shut down and re-light constantly to stay close to the range, or steep on a different burner.
3. On a mildly breezy day, my burner blew out six times during a 75 minute boil - six times. So, there is no possibility of getting your boil going and not tending it constantly if there is any breeze at all, unless you are running the burner at a maximum setting, which both wastes gas and is entirely unnecessary to maintain a strong boil.
4. The leg extensions cannot be adjusted. So, if you are on perfectly level terrain, you're fine; if not, expect wobble or tilt - neither of which is desirable with 6.5 gallons of hot liquid on top of a relatively top-heavy burner. The $50 extensions couldn't have 'feet' that adjust?
5. The pot centering slides don't close far enough to reach a 7 gallon Bayou Classic kettle. I'm trying to imagine how big the kettle that actually reaches the brackets might be - 10 gallon?
6. The brass assembly that connects the hose to the damper on mine, like others have noted above, is poorly machined and oddly designed.

Bottom line: the only thing this burner does well is produce a massive flame to get to a quick boil.
May 24, 2017
Response from MoreFlavor
Hi Tom - thanks for your comments. And I apologize for the troubles you've experienced. The "modes" are not a distinct setting or switch. This is a new type of rating and operation we've developed, and there has been some confusion on it. They are described on p4 & 5 of the manual. The efficient mode is a a quiet efficient burn. The HellFire mode is pretty much like an afterburner. Tons of heat and tons of power, but it is loud and not very efficient. The transition is pretty obvious - when you can hear the flame - that is the transition point. For the steeping - the burner has a ton of power so for a small kettle like you're using it'll have to be turned nearly off. Be sure to point the venturi end into the wind and that will help. We will look into leveling feet. We do recommend a hard level non-flammable surface for safe operation. Thanks for that suggestion. The pot retaining bars can safely support a kettle as small as 9-10" in diameter. Our 7.5 gal kettles are 12" in diameter and fit fine. The tabs on the end won't touch the kettle, but the bars will support it just fine. I am not sure how narrow the Bayou product is. For the casting issue - we will gladly replace that ! Please reach out to us at support@blichmannengineering.com
December 14, 2017
John Blichmann
Response from MoreFlavor
Hi Tom - thanks for your comments. And I apologize for the troubles you've experienced. The "modes" are not a distinct setting or switch. This is a new type of rating and operation we've developed, and there has been some confusion on it. They are described on p4 & 5 of the manual. The efficient mode is a a quiet efficient burn. The HellFire mode is pretty much like an afterburner. Tons of heat and tons of power, but it is loud and not very efficient. The transition is pretty obvious - when you can hear the flame - that is the transition point. For the steeping - the burner has a ton of power so for a small kettle like you're using it'll have to be turned nearly off. Be sure to point the venturi end into the wind and that will help. We will look into leveling feet. We do recommend a hard level non-flammable surface for safe operation. Thanks for that suggestion. The pot retaining bars can safely support a kettle as small as 9-10" in diameter. Our 7.5 gal kettles are 12" in diameter and fit fine. The tabs on the end won't touch the kettle, but the bars will support it just fine. I am not sure how narrow the Bayou product is. For the casting issue - we will gladly replace that ! Please reach out to us at support@blichmannengineering.com
December 22, 2017
John Blichmann
A worthy burner
I decided it was finally time to part ways with my underpowered burner that came in some turkey fryer kit. Sure, it has served me for 6 years, but I got tired of waiting an hour for things to come to a boil. So I finally pulled the trigger on this burner.

I have an older 10 gallon Blichmann kettle which fits on it nicely. The special arms meant for keeping a pot from sliding around don't go in far enough to actually touch my pot, but the pot rests firmly on the burner with no sway or wiggle. It is certainly more quiet than my old burner. In fact a few times I had to check to make sure it was even still on. But there were, in fact, good blue flames coming out. I could only ever open my regulator 50% or so of the way before giant orange flames came out no matter where I had the airflow adjusted to. Even so, it heated my strike water much quicker than I was used to. I found I had to adjust my normal brew day slightly as I had less sitting around waiting, but hey, that's a good thing. It held a really good rolling boil in my 10 gallon pot (about 8 gallons of wort in it).

I'm not sure why I can't seem to get it to the "hellfire" power that it seems to indicate I should be getting, but where I can get it is pretty good, and a definite improvement over where I'm coming from. This could just be chalked up to user error, but it seems others have had some issues with that as well. Still, I've only used it three times so far, so we'll see how it holds up down the road. As I've right now I'm really impressed.
April 21, 2017
Older version better
Inclusions in casting where burner holes should be drilled so pattern is incomplete. Sounds awful no matter where the airflow is adjusted. Flame is awful and won't adjust to a good color.
March 30, 2017
Response from MoreFlavor
Hello Delay - so sorry for the trouble - please reach out to us at support@blichmannengineering.com. What you are describing in not normal, and certainly not acceptable. We will get you up and running ASAP.

John Blichmann
December 14, 2017
John Blichmann
Response from MoreFlavor
Hello Delay - so sorry for the trouble - please reach out to us at support@blichmannengineering.com. What you are describing in not normal, and certainly not acceptable. We will get you up and running ASAP.

John Blichmann
December 22, 2017
John Blichmann