Turkey Fryer for a water bath?

For Christmas I casually mentioned to my dad that I thought those immersion circulators (like the Sous Vide Supreme and the Polyscience model) were cool kitchen tools, but they're way too expensive.

So Pops got me an electric turkey fryer thinking it could work as a substitute.. and I think he may be right. It's a Butterball Turkey Fryer, which immediately made me sceptical, but after thinking about it I'm not sure why it wouldn't work. I haven't used the thing yet, but it has a temp range well below the boil and within the range used on all of the sous vide charts I've seen.

Of course it won't have the accuracy of a true immersion circulator, and it doesn't look like it has a way to circulate the water, but couldn't this work as a poor man's version? Thoughts?


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