When I first talked about learning how to bypass timer on turkey fryer models, I got a lot of confused looks from my friends.
Didn’t I know that the timer is a crucial safety feature in deep fryers?
Pros and Cons of Bypassing the Fryer Timer:
Yes, it’s true that the timer can be very helpful. It can make sure that you don’t overcook your food, or cause inadvertent kitchen accidents when you forget about the deep fryer.
This feature makes sure that the fryer automatically shuts off after a certain amount of time.
The problem is that sometimes you don’t want the timer, but there’s no way to just turn off the feature easily. There’s no switch for it in many fryer models.
So when you’re cooking a whole turkey, sometimes the fryer will automatically turn off even when the food isn’t cooked properly yet.
So you can’t just leave the fryer while it cooks the turkey. You have to stand guard over it to turn it on again when it does shut off automatically.
Fortunately, there are ways to deal with the 20-minute timer on a regular turkey fryer. These processes can disable the entire timer system.
You have to be very careful, and you should be an experienced DIY guy about these devices.
Here are some suggested methods:
- You can take the timer boxes apart. There’s a spring inside them which you can remove so that the timer knob no longer moves. So this freezes the timer and “stops time”, as it were.
- Some open the timer housing, and find the wires connected to the timer itself. Disconnect the wires from the timer, and then you connect the wires directly to each other. So you continue the loop while you literally bypass the timer.
- Then there’s the duct tape solution. Simply put, you use the duct tape to lock the timer knob so it’s always at a certain minute mark. For example, it can be locked in at the 10-minute mark so it doesn’t reach the 20-minute mark that shuts the fryer off.
This method is simple and easy and you don’t even need to open the housing. All you need to do is to replace the tape when it starts to peel off.
- Of course, there’s always the tried and true method of hiring a handyman to do it for you. This method is a viable option if the duct tape method doesn’t work, and you don’t really know what to do with the timer housing and innards.
- You can also send an email to the manufacturer and ask them for directions. One possible result, however, is that they may discourage you from doing anything to the timer, and they may warn you that doing anything to the timer may void the warranty.
Of course, the really simplest solution is to bypass the problem—don’t buy a turkey fryer with a timer and an automatic shutoff feature!