Most helpful positive review
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2010
Ok, I understand the complaints regarding the 15 minute Auto Shut Off burner feature. People were lighting these things and walking away to watch a football game, or whatever, and forgot all about the cooker. That caused BIG PROBLEMS (like Fires)! So now you have to punch a button (like on Lost) every 15 minutes (or less). to keep the burner lit.
The whole idea is to keep the user engauged in what should be a very safe opperation (unless you have a burner that doesn't shut off automatically and you forget to check it at reasonable intervals). You don't have to wait 15 minutes. Whenever you push the button it resets the timer and gives you another 15 minutes of burner time.
At first it was a slight aggravation to me. What, do these people think I'm so stupid as to walk off and forget my cooker! But then, realistically, I've done similar things so I've realized it's really for the best. I think it may save some really BIG Aggravation in the long run. Not for me, of course, but I'm thinking for someone else! ;-)
Anyway, the thing works great, cooks an awesome turkey and has some very nice features I didn't find in other cookers. It has a large, expanded opening at top which A) Makes it easy to put even a big turkey in and B) makes it virtually idiot proof for overfilling and spilling the oil being displaced by the turkey, which is the 2nd BAD Thing that can happen with oil based turkey friers.
The 3rd big issue (knocking the thing over) -Very Bad!- is also virtually idiot proof with the sturdy, widely spaced legs.
Is it perfect for everyone? I guess not according to some reviews. But if you want a great cooker at a great price that forces you to do the job safely (even if it aggravates you a bit), then this is your cooker!