# Not a math guy, help me out

#### djheater

##### Lifer
How long will it take to boil 5 gallons of water on my stove?
This is a home brewing thread in disguise. I'm trying to figure out if I can fully boil my wort indoors, or if it's simply not possible.

I've been poking at this and now have myself thoroughly confused.
I have a nice stove with a 16000 btu burner

Assuming a starting temp of 50 degrees

1 calorie will raise 1 gram of water 1 degree Celsius.
40 pounds = 18 143.6948 grams
18,143.6948 x (100 -10) = 1632932.532 calories

16 000 btu = 4.68913712 kilowatt hours
1 kWh = 860424.76302468 calories Then:

1632932.532/860424.763 = 1.8978214

So then is it 4.68913712 kilowatt hours\1.8978214 ???

The available output of the burner being 4.68913712 divided by the calories needed?

So 2.47 hours?

yes

#### Eli

##### Super Moderator | Elite Member
Well..

It only takes 5 minutes for my stove to boil ~3 quarts of water.

So I calculate approximately 1hr, 40 minutes. lol

#### jlee

##### Lifer
I'm afraid I can't really help you..but did you figure in ongoing heat loss?

#### Rubycon

You've forgotten a few things.

Water quality, barometric pressure average, material the containment vessel is made of, etc.

#### squirrel dog

##### Diamond Member
Just do it . And add some extra brown sugar for the SD ... :beer:

#### djheater

##### Lifer
I'm afraid I can't really help you..but did you figure in ongoing heat loss?

Hell no.

Though I'll likely have the water at room temperature now that I think of it... that should accomodate a little. I also sincerely doubt I get a sustained 16000 btu's out of that burner..

#### Cristatus

##### Diamond Member
Originally posted by: MS Dawn
You've forgotten a few things.

Water quality, barometric pressure average, material the containment vessel is made of, etc.

You always have something baffling to say, don't you!? Lol

Anyways, 2.47? I don't know if that answer is right/wrong, but I think it would be better if you rounded up the answer to 3 hours because of some of the stuff that MS Dawn mentioned, and, not to forget what CadetLee see about heat loss.

#### djheater

##### Lifer
Originally posted by: MS Dawn
You've forgotten a few things.

Water quality, barometric pressure average, material the containment vessel is made of, etc.

meh, at this point if my figure is accurate I'll take the ball and run with it.
If it had been 15 hours or something I'd just buy a turkey fryer and be done with it.

#### Fullmetal Chocobo

##### Moderator<br>Distributed Computing
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Use a turkey frier! (parents did that when the water heater died for a while. Works great for heating large amounts of water)

#### djheater

##### Lifer
Originally posted by: Fullmetal Chocobo
Use a turkey frier! (parents did that when the water heater died for a while. Works great for heating large amounts of water)

/blows smoke from finger...

#### Rubycon

Propane turkey fryers are fast because they have HUGE burners! We're talking 250mbh!

NEVER put oil in them though. Without a FSG the oil can reach ignition point FAST and this can burn down your barn!

#### djheater

##### Lifer
Originally posted by: MS Dawn
Propane turkey fryers are fast because they have HUGE burners! We're talking 250mbh!

NEVER put oil in them though. Without a FSG the oil can reach ignition point FAST and this can burn down your barn!

That's kind of the hobby standard... But hell we have the stove anyway 'figured maybe it would be worth something...

We also have a tall tub 3 shelf dishwasher with a sanitize cycle, the dish racks come out very easily leaving a flat bottom rack that I can fit two plastic bucket fermenters on, I was really excited when I figured this out.

<--- dork