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Old 11-02-2007, 01:23 AM   #1
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Was wondering if anyone has used the MASTERBUILT Stainless Steel 28 Quart Digital Turkey Fryer for doing full boils.

Just found out my apartment complex won't even let me store a propane tank on my balcony because of some city fire code. So there goes the idea about buying a turkey fryer and brewing beer out on the sidewalk

So I need to find a way to do it with electricity, I found the heat stick but I'm nervous about building and using one of those.

Did a search but nothing come up... if this has been already taled about could someone link to the post.

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Old 11-02-2007, 01:26 AM   #2
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Was wondering fi anyone has used the MASTERBUILT Stainless Steel 28 Quart Digital Turkey Fryer for doing full boils.

Just found out my apartment complex won't even let me store a propane tank on my balcony because of some city fire code. So there goes the idea about buying a turkey fryer and brewing beer out on the sidewalk

So I need to find a way to do it with electricity, I found the heat stick but I'm nervous about building and using one of those.

Did a search but nothing come up... if this has been already taled about could someone link to the post.

Thanks
I suspect it would work, but it's a little small and boil overs might cause issues if it hits the plug... so I'd be weary.
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I was thinking the same thing about boil overs but if your putting a 14 lb turkey in a 28 qt pot full of oil, it bubbles alot too.

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Old 11-02-2007, 02:08 AM   #4
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Electric turkey friers are around 1600-1800 watts. Not enough for a rolling boil uncovered. I supplement w/ a 2000 watt heatstick. YMMV

Heatsticks work well...always submerged and on a GFI!!

The beauty of the electric turkey frier is that I feel comfortable letting 5-6 gal of water heat up over the course of an hour or two w/ minimal supervision.

Something about the propane cooker w/ the open flame... I watch like a hawk.

IMO the electric turkey friers are an inadequate boil pot for a full 5-6 gal. unless you supplement. I actually supplemented a few batches w/ an additional small imersion heater used for a cup of coffee (3-400watts) it worked but was a struggle.

Additionally, some feel that if the pot can heat oil to 350, 212 to boil water should be easy. Not true...the steam created from boiling carries the heat away rapidly.

These units make nice electric HLT's and decent boil pots if you can add additional wattage w/ a heatstick. Be advised you will have to pull from two 120V circuits both GFI to really boil on any sort of schedule or intensity.

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I've lived in several apartments with a similar fire code. Did that stop me from grilling? Nope. Several of my neighbors also grilled, and no one said a word.

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I've lived in several apartments with a similar fire code. Did that stop me from grilling? Nope. Several of my neighbors also grilled, and no one said a word.
I would chance it if I wasn't afraid of getting evicted. I just moved to this apartment complex to get my daughter into a better school district for high school and that was also close to work. If I got evicted I can't afford the other apartments complexes in this district... way out of my price range. So I am trying to figure out a alternative full boils.
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Ah. That's a pretty good reason! Probably not worth the risk. Can't you just stick the propane tank in a closet? That'd solve your problem.

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I use an electric 40L (~42qts) urn - one that's designed to be used in big kitchens.

It was 250 New Zealand dollars, I'd expect you'd find something similar in the states for around 100 - 150 USD. It came standard with a 2000w element, I also added another 2400w element and a manifold as there was a lot of deadpsace. 2000w keeps the boil going nicely but takes around 40 - 60 mins to come to a good boil, but 4400w comes up quickly but boils too hard, so I drop down to the single 2000w for a nice rolling boil.

You can see pictures here.

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I use an electric 40L (~42qts) urn - one that's designed to be used in big kitchens.

It was 250 New Zealand dollars, I'd expect you'd find something similar in the states for around 100 - 150 USD. It came standard with a 2000w element, I also added another 2400w element and a manifold as there was a lot of deadpsace. 2000w keeps the boil going nicely but takes around 40 - 60 mins to come to a good boil, but 4400w comes up quickly but boils too hard, so I drop down to the single 2000w for a nice rolling boil.

You can see pictures here.
Now thats what I'm looking for!!!
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I have an electric turkey fryer, I think Masterbuilt (bought at the Depot for like $70). POS. OK if you only want to do a partial boil. I'll use it to heat sparge water, but it can't maintain a real boil on 5 gallons of wort. Remember, it's harder to heat water than oil for some technical reason I don't remember...

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