Not all turkey fryers are created equal.
Sure, all consist of a pot, lid, burner and stand, but what's needed here is one with a spigot at the bottom of the pot. The fryer shown is a Safe-T-Fryer bought at Bass Pro. (unfortunately, I think it is discontinued) They have another model with a spigot (North American Outdoors 35-Quart Aluminum Saf-T-Fryer
) available at Lowes.This spigot at the bottom of this pot may be fine for emptying cooled frying oil however, right out of the box, it is not a practical hot water dispenser.
The multiple turns required to stop the flow on the factory spigot leads to spillage. It turns out young scouts don't anticipate the time it takes to rotate the handle several times. Hot water overflowing a mug is never a good thing. The factory spigot is also too close to the heat source.
It gets much too hot to operate with a bare hand. (Its known for a fact that we are talking about handle temperatures well above the melting point of the vinyl covering on snow golves.)
Provided you use suitable protection to open the gate; filling a cup from the factory spigot proves to be as difficult as a crooked carnival game: "Step right up... and try to fill your plastic mug... without contacting the hot pot stand and melting it"....nearly impossible while shivering in the morning cold.