When camping with a large group, like our Boy Scout troop, a propane turkey fryer is an easy way to quickly heat a large quantity of water. Between washing cooking gear / mess kits and making hot beverages we empty this hot water tank a few times during every campout.
It 's no great surprise that a turkey fryer can heat water (after all, heating liquids is what they are made for.) Getting the hot water out is another issue.
Unless some army is laying siege to your castle, lifting and pouring this caldron of scalding water is out of the question. That leaves "ladel-ing" as about the only way to scoop out the water.
This Instructable describes an easier method for safely dispensing this essential hot chocolate ingredient.
Step 1: Turkey Fryer
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.