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BUFFALO Bistro Fryer Manual

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BUFFALO Bistro Fryer Instruction Manual

Safety Tips

  • Position on a flat, stable surface.
  • A service agent/qualified technician should carry out installation and any repairs if required. Do not remove any components on this product.
  • Consult Local and National Standards to comply with the following:
    • Health and Safety at Work Legislation
    • BS EN Codes of Practice
    • Fire Precautions
    • IEE Wiring Regulations
    • Building Regulations
  • ALWAYS ensure oil levels are within the ‘MIN’ and ‘MAX’ levels. Failure to do so could result in fire.
  • ALWAYS use a suitable cooking oil.
  • ALWAYS remove excess moisture/water from food before frying to avoid excess foaming and spitting of the oil.
  • Change oil regularly. The flashpoint of oil (the point at which it ignites) gradually reduces the more it is used.
  • DO NOT cover the oil pan when frying.
  • DO NOT immerse the appliance in water.
  • Some surfaces become hot during operation – take care when using the appliance.
  • Always switch off and disconnect the power supply to the appliance when not in use.
  • Not suitable for outdoor use.
  • This appliance must only be used in accordance with these instructions and by persons competent to do so.
  • Keep all packaging away from children. Dispose of the packaging in accordance to the regulations of local authorities. If the power cord is damaged, it must be replaced by an BUFFALO agent or a recommended qualified technician in order to avoid a hazard.
  • This appliance is not intended for use by persons (including children) with reduced physical, sensory or mental capabilities, or lack of experience or knowledge, unless they have been given supervision or instruction concerning the use of the appliance by a person responsible for their safety.
  • Children should be supervised to ensure that they do not play with the appliance.
  • Buffalo recommends that this appliance should be periodically tested (at least annually) by a Competent Person. Testing should include, but not be limited to: Visual Inspection, Polarity Test, Earth Continuity, Insulation Continuity and Functional Testing.

Product Description

  • FC255 – Single 3 litre fryer
  • FDB203 – Double 3 litre fryer
  • FC256 – Single 5 litre fryer
  • FC257 – Double 5 litre fryer


Please take a few moments to carefully read through this manual. Correct maintenance and operation of this machine will provide the best possible performance from your BUFFALO product.

Pack Contents

The following is included:

  • BUFFALO fryer
  • Basket (DB203/FC257 x 2)
  • Handle (DB203/FC257 x 2)
  • Lid (DB203/FC257 x 2)
  • Instruction manual

BUFFALO prides itself on quality and service, ensuring that at the time of packaging the contents are supplied fully functional and free of damage.

Should you find any damage as a result of transit, please contact your BUFFALO dealer immediately.


Connecting the head unit

The head unit is supplied as a single detachable part to aid in cleaning the appliance.

To connect the body of the appliance with head unit:

  1. Put the head unit onto the main body of the appliance, using the tabs (A) on the rear of head unit and the lugs (B) on the rear of the main body.
  2. Lower the unit onto the main body, until the bottom of head unit is flat with the surface of the body, and the safety switch (C) can touch with the pin(D) on the main body.

Connecting the Basket Handle

Care must be taken to ensure that the handle is correctly located, and securely pulled back in to position before being used.

  1. Squeeze the two ends of the handle together.
  2. Slot the ends of the handle in to the basket.
  3. Lower the handle so that it slots over the frame of the basket.


  1. Connect the appliance to the mains power supply.
  2. Set the thermostat to the desired temperature. The amber power indicator light turns On.
    • Note: 170°C to 180°C is suitable for general cooking.
  3. The appliance begins to heat the oil.
    Note: The green Heat indicator light turns On during heat-up. When the oil is at the set temperatures the light turns Off.
  4. Once the oil is at the set temperature lower the food into the oil using the basket supplied.
    WARNING: Ensure the basket is securely located on the basket mounts. These are located towards the front of the oil pan on FC255/DB203/FC256/FC257.
  5. Remove the basket from the oil once the food is cooked. Shake gently above the oil tank to remove any excess oil.
    WARNING: The food and oil are very hot! Take care when removing the basket as oil may drip.

Thermal Cut-out Reset

Buffalo Fryers are fitted with a Thermal Cut-Out safety feature. Should the temperature exceed safe levels the appliance will automatically cut power.

To reset the appliance after a sufficient cool-down period:

  1. Unscrew the cover of the Safety Cut-Out reset switch.
  2. Press the small reset switch down until it clicks, using a blunt pointed instrument.
  3. The appliance is now reset and can be used as normal.

Cleaning, Care and Maintenance

  • Always turn Off the appliance and disconnect from the power supply before cleaning.
  • Always allow the oil to cool before cleaning, ideally for at least 6 hours.
  • Check the temperature with a suitable probe thermometer; 40ºC is the MAXIMUM temperature at which oil should be removed.
  • For best performance, BUFFALO recommend that the appliance is cleaned after each day of operation.
    Note: Failure to clean the appliance regularly may result in premature activation of the thermal cut-out switch.
  • Remove the head unit for ease of cleaning.
  • Empty the oil to clean the appliance thoroughly.
    Warning: Do not remove the oil pan until AFTER it has been emptied.
  • If the oil is to be reused then filtering it before refilling will extend the oil’s cooking life.
  • Use a suitable detergent to clean the interior of the appliance.
  • Use warm, soapy water and a damp cloth to clean the exterior of the appliance.
  • Dry thoroughly after cleaning, ensure there is no water left in the fryer.
  • A BUFFALO dealer or qualified technician should carry out repairs if required.


Fault Probable Cause Solution
Appliance not working The unit is not switched on Check the unit is plugged in correctly and switched on
Plug and lead are damaged Call BUFFALO agent or qualified Technician
Fuse in the plug has blown Replace the plug fuse
Power supply Check power supply
Internal wiring fault Call BUFFALO agent or qualified technician
Thermal cut-out activated Reset thermal cut-out
Safety switch not located properly Refit head unit
Appliance does not reach set temperature Faulty thermostat Call BUFFALO agent or qualified technician
Faulty element Call BUFFALO agent or qualified technician
Build-up of fat on the element Clean the appliance
Appliance heats up but indicator light does not come on Indicator light has expired Call BUFFALO agent or qualified technician
Power indicator
light comes on but appliance does not heat up
Faulty element Call BUFFALO agent or qualified technician
Faulty thermostat Call BUFFALO agent or qualified technician
Thermostat set incorrectly Check thermostat
Appliance slow to heat up Faulty element Call BUFFALO agent or qualified technician
Build-up of fat on the element Clean the appliance

Technical Specifications

Model Voltage Power Current Capacity
Max. single
load (kg)
H x W x D mm
FC255 230V, 50Hz 2000W 8.7A 3L 1. 320 x 180 x 415 4.8kg
DB203 230V, 50Hz 2 x 2000W 2 x 8.7A 2 x 3L 2 x 1.2 320 x 365 x 415 8.2kg
FC256 230V, 50Hz 2800W 12.2A 5L 2 320 x 270 x 415 8.2kg
FC257 230V, 50Hz 2 x 2800W 2 x 12.2A 2 x 5L 2 x 2 320 x 545 x 415 12.4kg

Electrical Wiring

This appliance is supplied with a 3 pin BS1363 plug and lead.

The plug is to be connected to a suitable mains socket.

This appliance is wired as follows:

  • Live wire (coloured brown) to terminal marked L
  • Neutral wire (coloured blue) to terminal marked N
  • Earth wire (coloured green/yellow) to terminal marked E

This appliance must be earthed.

If in doubt consult a qualified electrician.

Electrical isolation points must be kept clear of any obstructions. In the event of any emergency disconnection being required they must be readily accessible.


The WEEE logo on this product or its documentation indicates that the product must not be disposed of as household waste. To help prevent possible harm to human health and/or the environment, the product must be disposed of in an approved and environmentally safe recycling process. For further information on how to dispose of this product correctly, contact the product supplier, or the local authority responsible for waste disposal in your area.


BUFFALO parts have undergone strict product testing in order to comply with regulatory standards and specifications set by international, independent, and federal authorities.

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Every effort is made to ensure all details are correct at the time of going to press, however, BUFFALO reserve the right to change specifications without notice.


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