Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 103
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Topher79 Great for Homebrewing
I bought this fryer for the burner, and the pot was an added bonus. The 30 quart capacity allows me to brew five gallon batches, and gets 3+ gallons of water boiling fairly quickly. I have brewed 5 batches of beer using the fryer, and have not had it shut off due high temps, but I have noticed that when I stir the pot vigorously or gently nudge the pot the burner shuts off. To remedy this, I have done like others and wired the two sensor connectors together. (The sping loaded sensor). Other than that, I have no complaints other than pot is a bit thin, but works great for my purposes. Just be sure to condition it before your first batch. Overall, a great value!
October 10, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by FirstTimeSyrupMaker Works great, Excellent value!
Okay, so some of the gripes about this turkey fryer (or maple sap boiler, in my case) are correct -- the paint doesn't hold up to the heat and the flame detector shutoff (heat sensor) is positioned too far from the flame. Also, the assembly instructions are lacking detail about what to do with the spring. But the unit works very well and I recommend it for a nice low-cost fryer.
I found alternate instructions online that showed clearly where the spring goes in assembly (between the burner air intake and the control unit). With good pliers and wrench I was able to loosen the "fixed" nut on the heat sensor and move it back another 1/4" so the sensor was closer to the flame. That way I didn't have to force the override switch (for starting the burner) to be always depressed.
I was able to reduce about 9 gallons of maple sap down to the finishing stage with about an 8-hour burn with no issues. Did the same a few days ago with bricks pushing on the override switch (see photo). Do NOT do it this way. Loosen the fixed nut on the flame sensor and adjust it so the sensor is nearer the flame and it'll work great!
March 30, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by redhot Horrible Do Not Buy Brinkmann Turkey Fryer
Needed a new turkey fryer, thought i would give this one a try
Horrible, Horrible, The Red Button would not stay on,, See pic,,, I had to put a block under it to keep it open so the flam would stay lit.. Ridiculous feature on a turkey fryer anyway
The heat sensor is overkill and totally unnecessary
Paint turned white from the heat after one use
I will be returning it for a refund or tossing it in the trash
VERY UNHAPPY !!
December 26, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by RobDV Easy to Use, Lots of Value....Assembly Quality Needs Work
Bought this Fryer for Thanksgiving, never had deep fried turkey, nor have I ever fried one. But it all worked out and the turkey was great.
Once assembled, this product is great and easy to use. I felt like I got a good bang-for-the-buck deal since it came with the stand, hoses, pot, thermometer, turkey holder and hanger.
With the 12" diameter, I did notice that you need a lot more oil then I would think. On the side of the pot it has the max oil line and max turkey of 18lbs. I followed the instructions on filling the pot with water with the turkey to get the oil amount. I only had a 10lb turkey and was surprised that the left over water level was pretty near the max oil line. I didnt measure how many gallons of fluid I needed, but knew where I needed to fill to.
I only purchased 2 gallons thinking it would be enough (peanut oil is expensive), and quickly realized I needed probably 2.5 to 3 gallons of oil to properly cover the whole turkey. I adjusted how the turkey was sitting in the pot and messed around with it more then I probably should have while it was cooking. Turkey still came out awesome.
Assembly and Quality - Assembly instructions are simple enough. But I did run into an issue with one of the front plates not lining up with the mounting holes. One of the mounting holes was a good 1/4" off from where it should have been. Luckily I had my power tools on hand and drilled out a new hole to get it to work.
After that everything else seemed like good quality materials. The pot does seem a bit thin and light, but I'm no commercial restaurant chef, so I'm not sure if it even needs to feel heavy duty. Another thing I didnt like were the thermometer wire leads, they seem a bit thin, and loose to me. They definitely look like a weak point. But I guess we'll see if it all stands the test of time.
Like I said, it all worked out and the turkey was great. I'll probably use this 5 times a year max and I feel like this was a good pickup for what I need it for.
December 10, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Matt Versitile Fryer/Stockpot/Brewpot
I bought this mainly for the burner and, at $50, the 7.5 gal pot was an added bonus. I use it solely as a brew pot for home brew and, although 7.5 gal is a little small, it works very well and is extremely well made for the price. I have modified the burner by taking both leads off of the thermal sensor (the "button" which makes contact with the bottom of the pot) and wound them together. As long as they remain shorted the burner will continue to run, regardless of heat. I wouldn't recommend this for frying since you could end up getting the oil too hot and catching fire, but it works perfectly for boiling/steaming. Would be perfect for large stews, jambalaya, corn on the cob, shellfish, and the like. Awesome for brewing beer.
August 6, 2011
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Matt Great for Homebrewing
I've done 3 batches of brew with this already and it works great. I have found it fairly easy to control temps and the big pot allows me to do full batch boils (5 gallons). It is a bargin. Can't speak to how it frys turkeys though. Not what I bought it for
February 21, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by TacomaSNIPER I would not recommend this unit to anyone
I used it once to fry a turkey and it worked perfectly. Two weeks later, I tried again but the thermometer is was not working properly and kept shutting off the gas, which kept dropping the temp, which made a 45 min turkey fry into a 2 hour turkey fry. I was going to return it but forgot about it since Thanksgiving was over. So, I decided to try again but duct tape the safety button so it would shut off the gas this time. It didn't shut off the gas this time due to my tape job, but it wouldn't get the oil over 225 degrees. I ended up borrowing my neighbors burner which put out much more heat, but I ended up overcooking the turkey due to it taking 2 hours and then getting to hot with the other burner. I strongly recommend you buy another burner from Amazon, like I am about to do right now.
April 24, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by BillNye13 Good price, but beware of issues
Great price, but look online for some issues:
- My unit still doesn't work. I hold down the red button to get it started, and as soon as I Iet go, it stops. This problem seems to be extremely common. Looks like a defective thermocouple issue.
-Instructions aren't detailed enough. If you are having issues putting together the legs - they go on the inside of the unit, so the hole in the leg acts as a nut. Also, the spring goes inside the end of the burner unit. This wasn't explained at all. You just have to look closely at the pictures.
September 8, 2012