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Customer Review

on November 17, 2011
I own this set and a competitors burner (Bayou Classic SP10). Since I only purchased the Bayou Classic burner I'm only going to be comparing the burners here.

To my surprise the King Kooker came with a nearly identical cast iron burner that mounts in the same way. One of the major differences is obviously in the bases, while the Bayou Classic has a heavier base it rests on only 3 points while the King Kooker rests on a broader, square base. The other major difference (and a top negative complaint in the other reviews) is in the regulator assembly, the King Kooker comes with an electronic timer that shuts off the gas if the reset button is not pressed within 15 minutes. While this could be a lifesaver in some situations, it also can prove to be a nuisance. With a little re-plumbing I was able to "eliminate" this annoyance. As for the rest of the regulator assembly, the Bayou Classic gives you higher pressure and a longer hose (my Bayou Classic came with a 36", not a 48" when purchased from Amazon July 2011). It's nice to have that higher pressure on the Bayou Classic but I find that the highest settings wastes much of the flame as it shoots outwards 360 degrees from under the pot. A plus for the King Kooker is that the burner has a ring on the top that helps me center the pot on the flame and even fits our large canning pots.

I found the the pot and accessories of the King Kooker to be of average quality and what you would expect from a name brand turkey fryer set. I feel that the Bayou Classic is a overall nicer unit but at the current prices not worth the extra money, and when it comes right down to it they do have a similar cast-iron burner manufactured in China and a little fix if your handy with plumbing can make one of the biggest problems on the King Kooker disappear.
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