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Apr 22, 2012 09:26 AM

Tabletop Commercial Fryers- Electric versus Propane?

I am doing a little outdoor food venture and need to deep fry a few things.

I will need a table top.. 10 pound or so fryer.

I am not sure what is better- Electric or gas/propane.

I have heard that electric ones dont work as well but i am not sure if thats for the cheap ones you can pick up at bed bath etc.

I will have access to electricity - But i will be using this for a few other things- So I am worried about overloading. ( I imagine the fryer consumes alot of electricity)

As for Gas.. how long will a 20 pound cylinder get me if im firing it up for 6 or 7 hours?

and finally - does anyone recommend any brands? Cecilware? etc.

thank you so much

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    1. I have both electric and propane fryers. My electric fryer has two controls which makes it necessary to have to separate electric sources. You pretty much have to be inside to accomplish that. And have a robust wiring so the breakers won't trip. With propane, you can pretty much place it where ever you want to. I have a 140,000 btu burner that will get up to temperature pretty quick for my frying needs.
      6 or 7 hours of frying? That's a long time, but more than likely, a 20 pound can of propane will last that long. I would certainly consider having a spare available just in case.. For propane, I'd look at anything from Bayou Classic which is available on the web. This is the double fryer I have

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      1. re: rexster314

        Thank you

        I am looking at this one..

        I am just concerned if this will run outdoors connected to the powersupply i will have.

        It requires a 120 V- I am not sure if that is a big amount or i would do just fine.

        any thoughts?

        1. re: lestblight

          120 is just standard US household voltage. 240 is the commercial/professional level, or what you might use if you had an electric range or clothes dryer. More important is the wattage, which will determine whether it will blow a typical household breaker or not. Where will you be using this? The owners' manual says it draws 1750W, so you should be okay if the circuit is 20 amps (maybe even down to 15 amps).

          That unit looks nice and economical, but note the admonition on the site: "This unit is not designed for constant, heavy use."

          But it's cheap enough so that if it gives out at least you're not out much.

          Also note that the 10 lbs quoted in the description refers to the amount of oil, not of food. From the manual: "The Maximum Quantity Of Food To Be Placed In The Fryer Should Not Exceed 1.98 lbs/pot"