Rated 3.0 out of 5 by 11
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by David Good fryer for the cost
I bought this for Thanksgiving. I already had a burner but did not have a pot big enough for a turkey. Rather than buy a 42 quart pot alone for $79, I went with this unit which includes the burner and stand and 30 quart pot for $59. It did require minor assembly which takes about 30 minutes.
As expected for an aluminum pot, it is lightweight. However, the burner assembly and the stand are plenty heavy. The side supports provide extra security to prevent a catastrophic spill. One reviewer mentions that the burner would not stay lit. I bet good money he did not read the instructions. If he had, he would have realized there is a safety feature (a timer) that must be reset every 15 minutes or the flame WILL go out. While I was annoyed with this myself at first, I can see where this is a benefit to avoid leaving a burning pot of oil either during or after finished cooking. Since boiling or deep frying does not take hours (like smoking), it really should not be a problem.
The unit worked perfectly. For the price, it is an excellent buy. The size was perfect for a 7-8 pound turkey breast. Anything bigger than 10-12 pounds and you will need more than 3 gallons of oil and a bigger pot.
November 27, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by freelyelee Good Value for Money
After being inundated with online recipes and reviews about fried turkey, I've been wanting to try to make one of my own for years. However, for what is essentially a once a year item I could never justify the high price of some of the other frying equipment on the market. Enter this option.
After a quick assembly (about 30 mins), we were ready to go. Fits most smaller sized turkeys,
Is this the best turkey fryer on the market? Absolutely not. Is it a good option for occasional/one time use? I think so.
May 4, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Oceanking TURKEY FRYER
For my first time cooking with fryer, I must say it turned out pretty good.
The 30-quart pot was large enough and being aluminum it was light weight and strong.
The base and burner have good weight and provides good stability.
The base also has support arms for holding the pot. Additional supports are on the feet as well.
Another nice feature is the gas cut-off after 15 minutes. It would be very dangerous to leave this unattended.
The box had all the parts including a nice cooking thermometer. The setup instruction where very clear.
I would recommend this fryer.
March 9, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by RednexToyz Average
I have owned, and still own, other fryers. I rate this one as average for the value & quality of the fryer when compared to its price point. First off, frying foods can be dangerous and expensive. The oil can be costly and one does need to take the cost factor into consideration unless they are frying lots of foods or doing it often. As for the workmanship & quality of the product, it appears to be fine for the occasional user. This would not be my first pick for high-use applications but those generally are priced far higher than this fryer. The temperature control through flame adjustment can be tricky & time consuming.
February 10, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by frank complete waste of money
i wouldn't even recommend this to a beginner. the timer causes the flame to shut off after 15 min, even if you bypass all the safety features the burner cant stand up to the heat. the pot is poorly made from low quality aluminum. i've tried various things to make this product work for me and even at its peak its still a waste of money.
March 3, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Greg Redemption
Update from my previous review - I was contacted by the manufacturer directly and offered a do-over replacement unit. The unit arrived today, and all is well. I assembled the burner and it seemed to not only stand much better, but most importantly it stayed lit. Can't wait to cook another turkey for the Christmas Holiday!
To update the below responses, I think we just had a legitimate bad gas valve on the old one. Even with the timer set on the old unit, the only way it would stay lit was me holding down the gas flow button.
To echo some of the other posts, is the timer inconvenient, yes, but if it saves your home from burning, I suppose it's a very small price to pay.
December 7, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by dangault will not stay lit unless I hold down the button dont buy this!!!
I bought it for christmas and ended up having hotdogs for our christmas dinner becaise it woukdnt stay lit. I held the button down for over 10 min and it still wouldnt stay lit. I will never buy one of these again!
January 11, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by ToddB Adventurous? Going to use it often and reuse expensive oil?
I think you really need to be into culinary adventures to be frying turkeys in the back yard. Personally, it simply wasn’t worth the hassle involved. The turkey didn’t blow us away in taste and it simply wasn’t worth the hassle that we went through. I’m trying to separate my personal opinion of the process from the product, not wanting to unfairly knock the product, which does work, when deciding on the stars and whether I’d recommend this product. Yes I would recommend it to the right person. Personally I will most likely not use this again.
As for the fryer itself. It works just fine. It’s built just fine. We struggled for about an hour and a half, trying to get the temperature right. Turning it up, turning it down, up, down … ugh! In the end I believe our problem was that the tilted temperature probe through the hole in the lid meant the tip was not in the oil! Once we clipped it on the pan itself with the lid slid over to accommodate it everything went swimmingly. Boy was that frustrating, though. We didn’t get to eat until 10:00 pm that Sunday night.
Others have mentioned the timer, which is SOOOOO incredibly annoying. Imagine being tethered to the back yard for hours. If the timer expires, you have to re-light the unit. This also means your temperature is fluctuating. Even changing the timer to half an hour would be a game-changer in my opinion. It was lightly snowing the evening we used it. Even with my Wife and I both tending to “the timer” it went out four times, having missed it by just a minute or two. I don’t know if other fryers have the same timer limitation.
We got a turkey on the high end of the size range mentioned in the directions, and boy did we need a lot of oil for that. Peanut oil is incredibly expensive. We found a sole, dusty “turkey fryer oil mix” in the local grocery store that was meant to cut the cost a bit my mixing in cheaper oils. The water displacement test showed us that we had to run back to the store for more oil! To this day the fryer sits in the back yard filled with used oil. I haven’t made the time yet to search online for what to do with it, so there is sits. We paid almost $40 for oil for this one meal! Perhaps if you use this often you can reuse the oil and make it worth it?
January 27, 2016