Ok, now about the fryer. Just for testing, does the fryer need oil in it for the pilot to work? I’m new at this. But can’t get it to light. Thanks
To answer your question. No, you don’t NEED to have oil in the fryer to light the pilot. But if you are looking to turn the burners on, you’ll need enough “fluid” (can use water for testing purposes) to fill about an inch past the burners(with oil fill to the recommended fill line).
Start by turning the regulator knob to PILOT while the thermostat is at -0- , Then push the regulator knob in and hold it for a couple seconds(I go for 5 Mississippi). Then, using a flame stick style lighter(compressed butane is the best), light the -Y- or -T- shaped pilot burner. Once lit, you’ll need to hold the regulator knob down for about 20 seconds, then release. If the flame goes out repeat until the flame stays on. The flame should be between 1/2″ – 1 1/2″ inches and have a blue color. Now turn the regulator knob to the on position. And at this point turn the thermostat till the flames come on at about 250deg F. Use a digital stemmed thermometer to confirm temperature. (Note: if you used water for testing the thermometer will only go up to 215deg F, as that is boiling temp for water.). Otherwise for those using oil confirm each temperature by 50-75deg F on the thermostat all the way to 400deg. Also depending on the type of oil used you will want to confirm the maximum sustainable temperature that oil can hold. Oils with low flash points will be different than those with high flash points. Do not use oils like olive, coconut, or table vegetable oil to deep fry.
Hope this helps.