Electric Water Heater Element for Turkey Fryer?

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Old 11-12-13, 09:44 AM
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Lightbulb Electric Water Heater Element for Turkey Fryer?

I had an idea: Using an electric water heater element to heat a turkey fryer. What are your thoughts on this?
 
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Old 11-12-13, 11:15 AM
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I would suggest using an element with a low watt density to minimize carbonizing from the oil. You will need to have some kind of support for the turkey to keep it from laying directly on the element. Then there is the need for a proper thermostat.

You will need a high wattage element to get enough heat to overcome the radiated losses of the oil container and still bring the oil to the required temperature. I think you need 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Not sure what wattage would be required. Having the element centered in the container bottom will allow the heated oil to rise directly over the element and as it cools it will set up a natural convection current with the cooler oil coming down the sides of the container farthest from the element. Too small an element and it will never be able to overcome the heat losses through the container.
 
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