Bayou Classic KAB4
Test lab notes
After putting a range of Bayou burners to the test, the KAB4 came out as our favorite (or KAB6 for a larger stand/capacity). It’s a fully assembled, welded unit at a price point that seems more than fair given the output, quality, and capacity (30-gallon pots). Some of the lower end models put off too much of a directed flame, giving us concerns about hot spots and scorching. The lower end kettles also roared at a volume that made it uncomfortable to maintain conversation with our assistant brewers.
At 210,000 BTU with good flow control, the burner can be dropped to a simmer and cranked to full boil. The only minor complaint we might have is the black shielding does melt off during the first couple of uses, putting off a small flame and unpleasant aroma. It’s also not the most efficient burner we tested, but with a little bit of foil, we had no issue blocking the wind and sending the heat directly into the kettle.
Price: $79.99 Manufacturer: Bayou Classic Available from: Various