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Dark Star® Burner 2.0


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Dark Star® 2.0 is a whole new beast of a burner. Faster full-volume boil. A bigger, better built-in wind guard. Easy to use banjo-style burner loaded with 65,000 BTUs of brewing power for better beer in a fraction of the time.

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Dark Star® Burner 2.0

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Dark Star® 2.0 is a whole new beast of a burner. Faster full-volume boil. A bigger, better built-in wind guard. Easy to use banjo-style burner loaded with 65,000 BTUs of brewing power for better beer in a fraction of the time.

We took a customer favorite and gave it an 11,000 BTU boost. This burner is sturdy, reliable, efficient and effective, boasting 65,000 BTUs and an increased burner surface area. Easy enough for beginners to use, powerful enough for pros to master. Dark Star® is no longer a starter burner, packing enough power for quick boils and even heating on up to 15 gallon batches.

Brew outside even in windy weather—a bigger, beefier wind guard to keep your brew going no matter what. Keep your housemates happy when you keep from hogging the kitchen on brew day. Keep yourself happy with bigger brew days on a small price tag.

Set it up in a heartbeat. Boil 5 gallons in 20 minutes. Flip from high heat to a perfect rolling boil in seconds. Make better beer with less wort darkening and evaporative loss. Make more beer in less time. Brew in a windstorm. Brew with the Dark Star® 2.0.


65,000 BTUs
3.5" Wind Guard
Adjustable Regulator to easily control gas flow
6” Diameter Banjo-Style Burner
Lighter Port
No Assembly
Additional Information
Support Documents: Dark Star® Burner 2.0 Complete Instructions
4.5 / 5.0
98 Reviews
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Break-in burner first
Put the thing at full heat for about an hour outside to burn out all the contaminants and lead in the metal and paint. Don't breathe that stuff in. Burns clean without any soot or CO by-product once you dial in the flame correctly. Can boil 6 gallons faster than I've ever seen.
June 27, 2016
Dark is right!
Black stuff all over the pot after my first Brew. Didn't notice it so much until i was pouring it into the fermentor. Black stuff all over my clothes and my hands. Spend some money and get the good burner.
November 8, 2015
Response from Northern Brewer
Let us know if we can help! You should be able to adjust the air intake and burner output to get a good pure blue flame that does not produce soot. I would try cleaning the burner to remove any soot out of it and pay attention to the flame color and adjust oxygen as needed to keep it pure blue. Let us know

version 1 of the dark star had issues like that and we developed the 2.0 with that in mind. We'd be happy to help if this issue is systemic and prevents you from enjoying the use of the product. Let us know!
November 21, 2016
Northern Brewer N
Great Burner!
Even intense heat. Wind guard works great. Sturdy construction.
February 3, 2016
Blue flame
Once I adjusted the Venturi the flame was all blue. The boil was quick and the pot stayed clean. This is an excellent product
February 6, 2016
Hot hot hot!
Seemed to be struggling getting my 5 gallon batch up to temperature so I pulled out the hose wondering if there might be a bit of grit or something in it - blew on it and plugged it back in and the thing took off like a jet engine - easily handled the full boil at less than half power. Very happy.
November 15, 2015
A real improvement over version 1
The new banjo style burner head and regulator are real improvements over the Darkstar version 1 burner. I find I get much more precise control over a boil with this new version than I ever could with the old one. I also noticed that the new banjo burner is much cleaner burning and leaves virtually no soot on my wort pot, which was a problem with the old version. The added heating power is just a bonus.
January 8, 2016
Dark star burner
Great burner with optimal control to manage the temperature of your wort.
All the kit you need to brew the wort!
All the kit you need to brew the wort!
January 10, 2017
5 months ago
Dark star burner
Great burner with optimal control to manage the temperature of your wort.
All the kit you need to brew the wort!
All the kit you need to brew the wort!
January 10, 2017
5 months ago
A true beast
This bad boy rips! Not subtle, the control is a little twitchy, but I don't know what I did without it.
February 12, 2017
5 months ago
Made boiling a 10 gallon
Made boiling a 10 gallon batch easy!
May 30, 2016
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Cleaned the burner but no difference and as for air mixture its fully open and no difference. Closed and no change.
S S on Nov 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Another possibility is that there isn't enough space in the burner to get a good fuel/air mixture. With the Dark Star burner

you can address this issue by removing the central bolt that runs through the center of the burner then placing a couple metal washers in between the saw-shaped piece and the cradle and re-assembling the burner.This creates space between the saw-shaped piece and the cradle to allow for a better fuel/air mixture.
How efficient is this? How many batches can an average propane tank make with this burner?
R Y on Nov 4, 2015
BEST ANSWER: In our initial testing the burner used 0.6 pounds of propane bringing 68 degree water to a boil in 25 minutes. Once at a boil you would use less propane by reducing the output just to maintain the boil. Results will vary based on many factors. Cheers! James J.
Has anyone used this with a 15gal keggle? I know it says it can be used for 15 gal but what about the extra weight and diameter of the keg?
C H on Oct 31, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It would be able to hold the weight

and it is large enough across to hold a Keggle. You'd have about an inch all around of extra space.
Just trying to set this up for the first time. I am only able to get the gas control male end in about half way to the Venturi tube hand tightening. Is this fine, or should it be going in further? Do I try and tighten with a wrench just a bit?
A shopper on Jan 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I had the same issue. The brass male end seemed to be a bit oversize and I had a hard time getting the threads started. Then once started I couldn't turn it at all with by hand. But it snugged up goodl with a wrench. No leaks and works well
I can't use this burner because of the amount of soot left on my kettles. I've tried regulating the air mix with the manifold damper, but the damper seems way too loose and cannot be tightened. Any other suggestions?
A shopper on Dec 31, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Tough one. I have not had any problems with my Darkstar. I wonder, based on the amount of soot produced, what kind of fuel you are burning. I know in other circumstances with other stoves, that increased soot was due to poor or non-ideal fuel...
I use a half barrel keg as my kettle.. The bottom is not modified. Would this work for my set up? Would it support the keg securely, etc.?
A shopper on Dec 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I don't think you'll have a problem. I've used 10 and 15 gallon pots on this with no problem. I have a friend with a similar sized "bayou classic" and he uses a half barrel keg for brewing. The Dark Star is the same size, but puts out way more heat...
Can this be used on propane and natural gas? Is there an orifice included for propane (or does it need to be removed from natural gas)?
HK2LS on Aug 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I run my Dark Star Burner 2.0 off of the same can of propane that I use for my grill ... it is awesome and I use it about twice a month or more ... that depends on the amount of company I have. It came with every thing I needed to use it right out of the box. I love it and it has made my brew day fun and efficient.
I just received my dark star 2 from northern Brewer and the bolt was loose on the bottom. Should this be tightened? The burner is not level otherwise
M C on Feb 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Mine was also lose... I unscrewed the bolt and put on a little lock tight and tightened it up it hasent moved since.
Thank for the regulator size answer but I am asking for the size of the regulator for the Darkstar 2.0. Is it a bigger regulator due to the 65,000 BTU burner??
J A on Oct 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I have both units (got my 2.0 today) and the regulators are identical. My initial observation is that the 2.0 requires a bit more tuning of the air inlet to get a stable flame. More side by side testing is in order.
What are the dimensions? Upper and lower ring diameters and height?
M I on Jul 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The Dark Star 2.0 dimensions are:

Rings: 17 inches (Top and bottom are the same.)
Height: 11.5 inches
What size is the regulator? 5psi, 10psi???
J A on Oct 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Its not listed in specs. My quess 5psi
Would this work with natural gas?
A shopper on Feb 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It is setup to do propane only, if you want NG you would have to replace the orifice with natural gas fittings.
How hot does the base of the burner get? I want to place it on something higher so that my valve is above the top of my fermenter and want to make sure it is saf .
J R on Jul 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The bottom of the frame does not get hot. It would be safe to set it up on a secure platform of some kind, as long as it's stable and cannot be knocked over while in use. -Mike W, Northern Brewer
What kind of paint is used on this? Obviously it burns off. I'd like to know what kind of fumes I'm dealing with. This was probably made in China. Is the paint used known to be safe when it burns off? I highly doubt this type of thing is regulated.
Josh H on Jul 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No idea what kind of paint is used, but it definitely let off some pretty noxious fumes the first couple times I used it (until the paint had all burned off). I would suggest either stripping the paint before use or running the burner a time or two and taking a wire brush to it to prevent any possible contamination of the wort while you are boiling.
Great burner for the price but cleanup is a pain. Is there any way that the soot can be eliminated? Would scrubbing the area on the burner where the kettle sits with steel coils do the trick? Any suggestions?
Michael B on May 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: If it's burning with a nice blue flame, you should not get much soot at all. You may need to adjust the damper plate on the manifold to get a cleaner burning flame, that should minimize the soot produced during use. -Mike W, Northern Brewer
I ordered the darkstar 2.0 burner.I received everything but the actual 6" burner that was listed on the order form.
S H on Mar 19, 2016

Sorry about that, we can get it shipped out to you. The only thing I can see on your order was the DarkStar; what did you actually receive? Just the regulator?
How wide is your the cooking surface on your darkstar 2.0 burner
S H on Mar 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The flat top rack part that holds the kettle is 16.5" across. -Mike W, Northern Brewer
I just bought one. in the "Warning" section it states "Never lift or move a full kettle of water onto or off of the Dark Star 2.0 Burner." What does that mean? If taken literally, it's not possible to use the burner for its intended purpose.
C J on Feb 21, 2016

What those instructions mean is that you should not move a full kettle on or off the burner. Meaning fill the kettle once you've placed in on the burner and then empty the kettle into your fermentor before moving it off the burner.

Can this be converted to use with natural gas? I have outdoor natural gas capability and a quick connect for my gas grill.
Steven M on Jan 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Physically it could be done. It would require some piping modification for you to tie into the natural gas system. If you wanted the same capacity (65,000 Btu) from the dark star burner while burning natural gas you would also need to drill out the orifices on the burner otherwise the burner will be severely derated because The Heat Content of Natural Gas is approximately 1000 Btu per Cubic Foot while the Heat Content of LPG is approximately 2488 Btu per Cubic Foot. Putting it another way, for the same volume of fuel you get almost 2.5 times the heat capacity with LPG over natural gas. Therefore a 65,000 Btu burner on propane = 26,125 Btu burner on natural gas (without modifying the orifice). For your own safety, I would just hook it up to propane.
I've read that burners need to be "broke in" to burn off the paint that is directly above the flame. What is a good break in duration for the Dark Star 2.0?
C U on Jan 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I bought the Dark Star 2.0 and have brewed with it twice, it's an amazing piece of kit. It is true that the paint burns and you will smell it although i don't believe a "break in" is required. Just brew in a well ventilated area the first few times you use it and you wont have a problem. Cheers!!!
How does this burner do at lower temps? Mine would spend as much time cooking bacon/eggs/sausage/pancakes as boiling brew. Need to make sure it will handle both. Thanks. Sorry if this is a duplicate. Asked earlier today, but now can't see it. Thinking because I didn't put my email.
Robert on Jan 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: While I have not used mine for anything other than brewing it has been very easy to dial the heat back once the wort has reached a boil. The flame is very stable, even in our windy back yard, and should work fine for general cooking applications. Hope this helps. Dale
I'm having nothing but orange flame and soot? Any help would be appreciated!
S S on Nov 23, 2015

If you're getting orange flames

it means that the fuel is not pure gas. This could be caused by debris in your burner (e.g. cleaning chemicals or dirt) or improperly mixed fuel. This would also explain the soot you're observing. Hope this helps.
What are the dimensions of the Darkstar 2
tbone on Oct 10, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Dark Star 2.0 measures 18 x 18.1 x 13.4 inches. Cheers.
Can this be converted to natural gas?
K W on Oct 9, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It is meant to be a propane burner so it isn't set up to be converted to natural gas.
how many gallons can this hold?
R S on Oct 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This item was purchased as a gift but in the information on it says it can hold up to 15 gallons
does the Dark Star Burner 2.0 come with the hose that connects to the propane tank or do I have to buy that separately?
D P on Oct 5, 2015

the hose and regulator are included with this burner.
Brewed my first 5 gallon batch of IPA .I noticed after I pitched two packs of California ale yeast I was supposed to warm it to 70 degrees first.did I screw up I have great fermentation going this morning bubbling out the airlock?
S H on Apr 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hello Shaun,

What temperature was the wort at when you pitched the yeast? Realistically, if you have a good fermentation going, then you most definitely didn't screw it up.
When will these be back in stock?
C O on Mar 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hi Colin, We have an ETA of 4/25 for those. Let us know if you need anything else!
How much overhead clearance is needed? I'm trying to find a good place to use this before ordering it. I was thinking of the garage. With the rollup door open and the back door on the opposite wall open I have excellent ventilation. It's clear up above all the way to the peak of the roof. Of course, if there is too much danger of fire, I'll have to find another spot. My wife and my insurance agent would prefer I not burn down the garage.

S L on Jan 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hello Steve,

Thank you for choosing Northern Brewer! You can run that in your garage with the doors open, just keep flammable items away from the burner at at least a 15 ft diameter. Depending on your garage size, I might just do it outside, a little fresh air with a beer in your hands, and a pot of boiling wort is one of the greatest gifts given to humanity! I hope that this helps!
Anyone ever tried to put a different burner (similar to the new V2.0 banjo burner) in their V1.0 stand? I'm not sure that I "need" it... but I think I "need" it... if you know what I mean. I don't think the larger more typical banjo will fit, but a small one would. I haven't looked super closely at mine to know how it would attach... just looking to see if anyone who has both (or has looked closely at both) stands can look to see If the smaller banjo burner is a direct replacement or if modifications were done.
J R on Nov 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I haven't heard of anybody trying that. There is a nut under the burner that can be unscrewed to remove it. There's about 7.5" diameter of clearance in the ring around the burner.

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