Hoop Burner as seen on Moonshiners

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Hoop Burner as seen on Moonshiners

Postby kiwi Bruce » Fri Feb 26, 2016 6:09 pm

Saw this on Moonshiners last week. It's a "Hoop Burner" the purpose of this is to raise the flame up the pot wall, so that there is less chance of scorching the grains in the bottom of the wash, that could happen if the flame is under the still. Has anyone tried this?
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Re: Hoop Burner as seen on Moonshiners

Postby jedneck » Fri Feb 26, 2016 6:14 pm

I was thinking the same thing today. I can see LESS of a chance of scorching but I believe it could still happen. I doubt I will ever try it I run electric and am getting ready to convert to wood. I'll start a half added build thread when I start.
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Re: Hoop Burner as seen on Moonshiners

Postby MichiganCornhusker » Fri Feb 26, 2016 6:15 pm

Looks like a tough way to heat up a boiler charge, and a good way to scorch the sides of the pot.
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Re: Hoop Burner as seen on Moonshiners

Postby skow69 » Fri Feb 26, 2016 9:14 pm

I mash in a Corny keg with a 4 inch wide,1000 watt electric band heater on it. I managed to scorch the corn right inside the band, so I'm sure you could do it with gas. But I was testing the limit. It's not hard to keep it to a safe level and get the job done. But then you can do that with the heat under the bottom, too. You'd prolly be less efficient with the heat on the side, unless you made a shroud for it.
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Re: Hoop Burner as seen on Moonshiners

Postby kiwi Bruce » Sat Feb 27, 2016 8:49 am

skow69 wrote: You'd prolly be less efficient with the heat on the side, unless you made a shroud for it.


They had a galv steel shroud around it on the show, like a large metal chimney.
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Re: Hoop Burner as seen on Moonshiners

Postby rad14701 » Mon Feb 29, 2016 4:14 pm

kiwi Bruce wrote:
skow69 wrote: You'd prolly be less efficient with the heat on the side, unless you made a shroud for it.


They had a galv steel shroud around it on the show, like a large metal chimney.

Yep... But I'd go a step further and not have the flame ring in contact with the boiler... And not a galvanized shroud unless in an extremely ventilated area... Zinc fumes are nothing to mess with...
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Re: Hoop Burner as seen on Moonshiners

Postby kiwi Bruce » Mon Feb 29, 2016 5:00 pm

rad14701 wrote:Yep... But I'd go a step further and not have the flame ring in contact with the boiler... And not a galvanized shroud unless in an extremely ventilated area... Zinc fumes are nothing to mess with...


I agree...a few of 1/2 inch copper stand-offs on the fire ring and an acid-washed piece of steel to chimney the heat up the pot,...and I thinks it's Bob's your uncle. If I do this, and I'm leaning in that direction, I'll take some pics and post them. Kiwi
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Re: Hoop Burner as seen on Moonshiners

Postby jb-texshine » Mon Feb 29, 2016 11:58 pm

Maybe angle the holes down towards the pot on a 45 degree angle.
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Re: Hoop Burner as seen on Moonshiners

Postby thecroweater » Tue Mar 01, 2016 4:03 am

44 gallon steel drums work a treat, seen it plenty of times. Its easy to set up and portable. I have a three sided dry stacked brick hearth which works just fine and dandy too
Edit just realized our 44s are 52.84 US gal
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Re: Hoop Burner as seen on Moonshiners

Postby Haus » Tue Mar 01, 2016 4:20 am

Just going outside the box here. Could the lava rocks used in propane grills be incorporated into the mix?
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Re: Hoop Burner as seen on Moonshiners

Postby Hillbilly Popstar » Tue Mar 01, 2016 4:41 am

kiwi Bruce wrote:
rad14701 wrote:Yep... But I'd go a step further and not have the flame ring in contact with the boiler... And not a galvanized shroud unless in an extremely ventilated area... Zinc fumes are nothing to mess with...


I agree...a few of 1/2 inch copper stand-offs on the fire ring and an acid-washed piece of steel to chimney the heat up the pot,...and I thinks it's Bob's your uncle. If I do this, and I'm leaning in that direction, I'll take some pics and post them. Kiwi

Sounds like your basically describing an infrared cooker.
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