Found a deep fryer today at a yard sale... less than $10. It was pretty clean, seller assured me it works great (which it does). His reason for selling... typical... didn't use it much, took up too much space, etc. It's by Cook's Essentials... from what I could find it's a QVC or HSN type appliance... about $50 new. All the parts, except electrical things, can go in dishwasher or at least be washed. Oil coontainer has a min & max mark. Min takes about 3 quarts of oil. I know, as long as I'm not doing something like fish or something that drops a lot of crmbs, I can reuse oil a few times... well strained, of course. Thinking since unit has temp control, oil might not get as beat up as when using a big cast iron pan... urinig temp up/down to adjust. Most times I'll use it will only be cooking 1-2 portions of whatever. How many times do you reuse oil for frying?