Rated 3.9 out of 5Â by 86
Rated 4 out of 5Â 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 out of 5Â 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 2 out of 5Â by KvanG Used for about 4 years for brewing beer. Then Thermal couple breaks
The burner worked pretty good. The paint burns off around where the flame is but I figured as much. I stored it outside for the 4 years I had it used it winter and summer maybe 2 times a month for at least 2 hours at a time. The thermal couple always gave me problems. I would be running on low and it would let go so I relight and kick it up a bit but that made my boil to strong. I first though it was the wind blowing out the flame but it would happen with no wind and in a shed I have so I don't think that was it. Now the thermal couple doesn't work at all. Failed in the middle of brewing. I put some tape on it but am going to replace it. Worked good for canning to. Nothing like doing this kind of cooking right out side on a beautiful day. Anyway look around get one with out the thermal couple. If your cooking and the flame goes out you will catch it unless your not supervising it like you should be.
September 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â 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 5 out of 5Â by Bill Excellent lobster cooker
One of the least expensive cookers out there, but good quality. It took about 15 minutes to assemble; directions were clear. I don't fry turkeys, but I do boil lobsters. Filled pot 1/2 full lf cold sea water and it was boiling in under 10 minutes. Dropped lobsters in, returned to boil, cut heat back (so it wouldn't boil over) and it worked great. You can regulate temperature using either the valve on the tank or the adjustment on regulator (better option). It also has a temperature probe that will shut unit down if flame goes out. No more heat or mess in kitchen, and lobsters are cooked where they should be; outdoors.
June 25, 2014