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Takes forever to heat up. Heavy, hard to clean & store.
on August 14, 2002
I didn't get much enjoyment out of this kit despite its pretty good quality. Because it's so heavy, it maintains temperature well (very important for frying), but wow it takes a really long time to heat up. And if you put in a frying thermometer (very important), it gets in the way of the frying basket. And if you want to store the oil to fry more a bit later, there's no cover for storing it right in the pot.
In addition, you may be concerned about the safety issues about frying in an open-topped pot with no thermostat -- in which case, get an electric fryer.
Lodge cast iron products are wonderful, but this just isn't the best way to handle the relatively touchy task of deep frying. If you want to do a lot of frying, seriously consider an electric fryer instead of this kit. And if you want to do just a little, use a regular heavy pan or a wok, with a strainer-on-a-handle tool to pull things out and drain them.
In addition I should note that the "Good Eats" program on the Food Network (a cable television network) specifically recommends against frying in cast iron -- they say it tends to make the oil go bad sooner.