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Char-Broil The Big Easy Oil-less Turkey Fryer Instruction Manual

Diagram of the Char-Broil The Big Easy Oil-less Turkey Fryer

The Big Easy Oil-less Turkey Fryer

Tools needed for assembly:

  1. Screwdriver (not provided)

If you have questions or need assistance during assembly, please call 1-888-430-7870.

This instruction manual contains important information necessary for the proper assembly and safe use of the appliance.

Read and follow all warnings and instructions before assembling and using the appliance.

Follow all warnings and instructions when using the appliance.


Diagram showing all of the included parts

Safety Symbols

The symbols and boxes shown below explain what each heading means. Read and follow all of the messages found throughout the manual.

DANGER: Indicates an imminently hazardous situation which, if not avoided, will result in death or serious injury.

WARNING: Indicates a potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided, could result in death or serious injury.

CAUTION: Indicates a potentially hazardous situation or unsafe practice which, if not avoided, may result in minor or moderate injury.


  1. Never operate this appliance unattended.
  2. Never operate this appliance within 3ft (1m) of any structure, combustible material or other gas cylinder.
  3. Never operate this appliance within 25 ft (7.5 m) of any flammable liquid.
  4. If a fire should occur, keep away from the appliance and immediately call your fire department.

Failure to follow these instructions could result in fire, explosion or burn hazard, which could cause property damage, personal injury or death.

If you smell gas:

  1. Shut off gas to the appliance.
  2. Extinguish any open flame.
  3. Open lid.
  4. If odor continues, keep away from the appliance and immediately call your fire department.

Failure to follow these instructions could result in  fire or explosion, which could cause property damage, personal injury or death.


Do not attempt to repair or alter the hose/valve/regulator for any “assumed” defect. Any modification to this assembly will void your warranty and create the risk of a gas leak and fire. Use only authorized replacement parts supplied by manufacturer.


For residential use only. Do not use it for commercial cooking.

Installation Safety Precautions

  • Use your appliance, as purchased, only with LP (propane) gas and the regulator/valve assembly supplied.
  • The appliance installation must conform with local codes, or in their absence of local codes, with either the National Fuel Gas Code, ANSI Z223.1/ NFPA 54, Natural Gas and Propane Installation Code, CSA B149.1, and Propane Storage and Handling, CSA B149.2, Canadian Electrical Code, CSA C22.1 or the Standard for Recreational Vehicles, ANSI
    A 119.2/NFPA 1192, and CSA Z240 RV Series, Recreational Vehicle Code, as applicable.
  • This appliance is not for use in or on recreational vehicles and/or boats.
  • This appliance is safety certified for use in the United States and/or Canada only. Do not modify for use in any other location. Modification will result in a safety hazard.



  1. Combustible by-products produced when using this product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm.
  2. This product contains chemicals, including lead and lead compounds, known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.

Wash your hands after handling this product


If the grill should go out accidentally, turn the burner control O OFF, wait 5 minutes and repeat the lighting procedure.

Grease Fires

  • Putting out grease fires by closing the lid is not possible. Grills are well ventilated for safety reasons.
  • Do not use water on a grease fire. Personal injury may result. If a grease fire develops, turn knobs and LP tank off.
  •  If grill has not been regularly cleaned, a grease fire can occur that may damage the product. Pay close attention while preheating or burning off food residue to insure that a grease fire does not develop. Follow instructions on General Grill Cleaning and Cleaning The Burner Assembly to prevent grease fires.
  • The best way to prevent grease fires is regular cleaning of the grill.

Food Safety

Food safety is a very important part of enjoying the outdoor cooking experience. To keep food safe from harmful bacteria, follow these four basic steps:

  • Clean: Wash hands, utensils, and surfaces with hot soapy water before and after handling raw meat and poultry.
  • Separate: Separate raw meats and poultry from ready-to-eat foods to avoid cross contamination. Use a clean platter and utensils when removing cooked foods.
  • Cook: Cook meat and poultry thoroughly to kill bacteria. Use a thermometer to ensure proper internal food temperatures.
  • Chill: Refrigerate prepared foods and leftovers promptly.

For more information call: USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-800-535-4555 In Washington, DC (202) 720-3333, 10:00 am- 4:00 pm EST.

Grease Tray

Never use drippings directly from the grease tray to make gravy. Use the included foil tray liner to catch drippings, then reheat the drippings to kill bacteria. Replacement foil tray liners and other accessories can be found at www.charbroil.com.

How To Tell If Meat Is Cooked Thoroughly

  • Meat and poultry cooked in the appliance often brown very fast on the outside. Use only thawed meat and a meat thermometer to be sure food has reached a safe internal temperature, and cut into food to check for visual signs of doneness.
  • We recommend food to be at least 40°F before cooking in your appliance.
  • Whole poultry should reach 165° F. Juices should run clear and flesh should not be pink.
  • Beef, veal and lamb steaks, roasts and pork chops can be cooked to 145° F.
  • NEVER partially cook meat or poultry and finish cooking later. Cook food completely to destroy harmful bacteria.
  • Use a meat thermometer to ensure proper internal food temperatures.

USDA recommended internal cooking temperatures list


  • NEVER store a spare LP cylinder under or near the appliance or in an enclosed area.
  • Never fill a cylinder beyond 80% full.
  • An over filled or improperly stored cylinder is a hazard due to possible gas release from the safety relief valve. This could cause an intense fire with risk of property damage, serious injury or death.
  • If you see, smell or hear gas escaping, immediately get away from the LP cylinder/appliance and call your fire department.
  • Keep LP tank at a minimum distance of 24” (inches) away from appliance at all times.

Diagram showing how to hook up a gas canister to cooker

LP Cylinder Removal, Transport and Storage

  •  Turn OFF the control knob and LP cylinder valve. Turn coupling nut counterclockwise by hand only – do not use tools to disconnect. Install safety cap onto LP cylinder valve. Always use cap and strap supplied with valve. Failure to use safety cap as directed may result in serious personal injury and/or property damage.

LP (Liquefied Petroleum Gas)

  • LP gas is nontoxic, odorless and colorless when produced. For Your Safety, LP gas has been given an odor (similar to rotten cabbage) so that it can be smelled.
  • LP gas is highly flammable and may ignite unexpectedly when mixed with air.
  • A disconnected LP cylinder in storage or being transported must have a safety cap installed (as shown). Do not store an LP cylinder in enclosed spaces such as a carport, garage, porch, covered patio or other building. Never leave an LP cylinder inside a vehicle which may become overheated by the sun.
  • Do not store an LP cylinder in an area where children play.

Safety and retainer cap on gas canister

LP Cylinder

  • The LP cylinder used with your appliance must meet the  following requirements:
  • Use LP cylinders only with these required measurements: 12″ (30.5cm) (diameter) x 18″ (45.7 cm) (tall) with 20 lb. (9 kg.) capacity maximum.
  • LP cylinders must be constructed and marked in accordance with specifications for LP cylinders of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) or the National Standard of Canada, CAN/CSA-339, Cylinders, Spheres and Tubes for  Transportation of Dangerous Goods; and commission, as applicable. See LP cylinder collar for marking.
  • LP cylinder valve must have: The OPD hand wheel diagram
    Type 1 outlet compatible with regulator or appliance.
    Safety relief valve.
    UL listed Overfill Protection Device (OPD). This OPD safety feature is identified by a unique triangular hand wheel. Use only LP cylinders equipped with this type of valve.
  • LP cylinder must be arranged for vapor withdrawal and include collar to protect LP cylinder valve. Always keep LP cylinders in upright position during use, transit or storage.

LP Cylinder Filling

  • Use only licensed and experienced dealers.
  • LP dealer must purge new cylinder before filling.
  • The dealer should NEVER fill LP cylinder more than 80% of LP cylinder volume. Volume of propane in cylinder will vary by temperature.
  • A frosty regulator indicates gas overfill. Immediately close LP cylinder valve and call local LP gas dealer for assistance.
  • Do not release liquid propane (LP) gas into the atmosphere. This is a hazardous practice.
  • To remove gas from LP cylinder, contact an LP dealer or call a local fire department for assistance. Check the telephone directory under “Gas Companies” for nearest certified LP dealers.

LP Cylinder Exchange

  • Many retailers that sell this appliance offer you the option of replacing your empty LP cylinder through an exchange service. Use only those reputable exchange companies that inspect, precision fill, test and certify their cylinders. Exchange your cylinder only for an OPD safety feature-equipped cylinder  as described in the “LP Cylinder” section of this manual.
  • Always keep new and exchanged LP cylinders in upright position during use, transit or storage.
  • Leak test new and exchanged LP cylinders BEFORE connecting to the appliance.

LP Cylinder Leak Test

For your safety

  • Leak test must be repeated each time LP cylinder is exchanged or refilled.
  • Do not smoke during leak test.
  • Do not use an open flame to check for gas leaks.
  • This appliance must be leak tested outdoors in a well-ventilated area, away from ignition sources such as gas fired or electrical appliances. During leak test, keep appliance away from open flames or sparks.
  • Use a clean paintbrush and a 50/50 mild soap and water solution. Brush soapy solution onto areas indicated by arrows in figure below.
  • Do not use household cleaning agents. Damage to gas train components can result.

Gas canister leak test diagram


If “growing” bubbles appear do not use or move the LP cylinder. Contact an LP gas supplier or your fire department!

Connecting Regulator to the LP Cylinder

  1. LP cylinder must be properly secured onto appliance. (Refer to assembly section.)
  2. Turn all control knobs to the OFF position.
  3. Turn LP cylinder OFF by turning hand-wheel clockwise to a full stop.
  4. Remove the protective cap from LP cylinder valve. Always use cap and strap supplied with valve.

Connecting a regulator to the gas canister

Do not use a POL transport plug (plastic part with external threads)! It will defeat the safety feature of the valve.

An example plug not to use

5. Hold regulator and insert nipple into LP cylinder valve. Hand-tighten the coupling nut, holding regulator in a straight line with LP cylinder valve so as not to cross-thread the connection.

Centering the nipple

Holding the coupling nut down

6. Turn the coupling nut clockwise and tighten to a full stop. The regulator will seal on the back-check feature in the LP cylinder valve, resulting in some resistance. An additional one-half to three-quarters turn is required to complete the connection. Tighten by hand only – do not use tools.

NOTE: If you cannot complete the connection, disconnect regulator and repeat steps 5 and 6. If you are still unable to complete the connection, do not use this regulator!

DANGER: Do not insert any tool or foreign object into the valve outlet or safety relief valve. You may damage the valve and cause a leak. Leaking propane may result in explosion, fire, severe personal injury, or death.


  • This appliance is not intended to be installed in or on a boat.
  •  This appliance is not intended to be installed in or on an RV.
  •  Never attempt to attach this appliance to the self contained LP gas system of a camper trailer or motor home.
  •  Do not use this appliance until leak-tested.
  •  If a leak is detected at any time, STOP and call the fire department.
  •  If you cannot stop a gas leak, immediately close LP cylinder valve and call LP gas supplier or your fire department!

Leak Testing Valves, Hose and Regulator

  1. Turn the control knob to OFF.
  2. Be sure the regulator is tightly connected to LP cylinder.
  3. Completely open LP cylinder valve by turning hand wheel counterclockwise. If you hear a rushing sound, turn gas off immediately. There is a major leak at the connection. Correct before proceeding.
  4. Brush soapy solution onto areas circled below.

Valve location diagram

Leak testing example

5. If “growing” bubbles appear, there is a leak. Close LP cylinder valve immediately and retighten connections. If leaks cannot be stopped do not try to repair. Call for replacement parts. Order new parts by giving the serial, model number and name and part number of items needed (see parts list) to the Grill Service Center at the number listed on front cover.

6. Always close LP cylinder valve after performing leak test by turning hand wheel clockwise.


For Safe Use of Your appliance and to Avoid Serious Injury: 

  • The use of alcohol, prescription or non-prescription drugs may impair the consumer’s ability to properly assemble or safely operate the appliance.
  •  When cooking, the appliance must be on a level, stable noncombustible surface in an area clear of combustible material. An asphalt surface (blacktop) may not be acceptable for this purpose.
  • Do not leave appliance unattended. Keep children and pets away from the appliance at all times.
  • Do not place empty cooking vessel on the appliance while in operation. Use caution when placing anything in cooking vessel while the appliance is in operation.
  • Do not move the appliance when in use. Allow the cooking vessel to cool to 115°F (45°C) before moving or storing.
  • This appliance is not intended for and should never be used as a heater.
  • This appliance will be hot during and after use. Use insulated oven mitts or gloves and long-handled barbecue utensils for protection from hot surfaces or splatter from cooking liquids.
  • Keep appliance area clear and free from materials that burn.
  • Keep appliance area clear and free from combustible materials, gasoline and other flammable vapors and liquids.
  • Keep fuel supply hose away from any heated surfaces.
  • Use appliance only in well-ventilated space. NEVER use in enclosed space such as carport, garage, porch, covered patio, or under an overhead structure of any kind.
  • Use appliance at least 3 ft. from any wall or surface. Maintain 10 ft. clearance to objects that can catch fire or sources of ignition such as pilot lights on water heaters, live electrical appliances, etc.

Keeping the cooker 3ft away from walls

Ignitor Lighting

Do not lean over appliance while lighting.

  1. Turn ON LP gas cylinder.
  2. Press and turn the control knob to
  3.  Turn ROTARY IGNITOR knob rapidly.
  4.  If ignition does not occur in 5 seconds, turn the burner control knob O OFF, wait 5 minutes, and repeat lighting procedure.

If ignition still does not occur, follow match-lighting instructions.


Turn control knob and LP cylinder OFF when not in use.


If ignition does NOT occur in 5 seconds, turn the control knob OFF, wait 5 minutes and repeat the lighting procedure. If the burner does not ignite with the valve open, gas will continue to flow out of the burner and could accidently ignite with risk of injury.


  1. Turn ON LP cylinder.
  2. Swing match hole plate to expose match lighting hole. Place lit match into match lighting hole of appliance as pictured below. Make sure lit match is placed inside hole and near burner.
  3. Push in and turn control knob to Be sure burner lights and stays lit.
  4. Once lit, swing match hole plate back to cover up match lighting hole. Caution: Plate maybe hot.
Example of lighting with a match
View is from side of appliance

Burner Flame Check

  • Light burner. Looking through viewing hole on top of appliance, you should see the flame height as shown below. Turn control knob from to OFF. The Flame height should decrease and then go out. Always check flame prior to each use. If only low flame is seen refer to “Sudden drop or low flame” in the Troubleshooting Section.

High and low flame examples

Ignitor Check

  • Turn gas off at LP cylinder. Turn ignitor knob. “Click” should be heard each time at electrode. See “Troubleshooting” if no click or spark.

Valve Check

  • Important: Make sure gas is off at LP cylinder before checking valve. Knob locks in OFF position. To check valve, first push in knob and release, knob should spring back. If knob does not spring back, replace valve assembly before using this appliance. Turn knob to position then turn back to OFF position. Valve should turn smoothly.

Hose Check

  • Before each use, check to see if hose is cut, worn or kinked. Replace damaged hose before using appliance. Use only valve/hose/regulator specified by manufacturer.

A normal and a kinked hose

General Appliance Cleaning

  • Meat Thermometer: Do not immerse or soak in water. Wash with warm soapy water and wipe dry.
  • Do not mistake brown or black accumulation of grease and smoke for paint. Interiors are not painted at the factory (and should never be painted). Apply a strong solution of detergent and water or use a grill cleaner with scrub brush on insides of appliance lid and bottom. Rinse and allow to completely air dry. Do not apply a caustic grill/oven cleaner to painted surfaces. A black surface improves the appliances performance.
  • Plastic parts: Wash with warm soapy water and wipe dry. Do not use citrisol, abrasive cleaners, degreasers or a concentrated grill cleaner on plastic parts. Damage to and failure of parts can result.
  • Painted surfaces: Wash with mild detergent or non-abrasive cleaner and warm soapy water. Wipe dry with a soft nonabrasive cloth.
  •  Stainless steel surfaces: To maintain the high quality appearance, wash with mild detergent and warm soapy water and wipe dry with a soft cloth after each use. Baked-on grease deposits may require the use of an abrasive plastic cleaning pad. Use only in direction of brushed finish to avoid damage. Do not use abrasive pad on areas with graphics.


Spider alert!

If your appliance is getting hard to light or the flame is weak, check and clean the venturi’s and burners.

Spiders or small insects are know to create “flashback” problems by building nests and laying eggs in the appliance venturi or burner obstructing the flow of gas. The back-up gas can ignite behind the control panel. This flashback can damage your appliance and cause injury. To prevent flashbacks and ensure good performance the burner and venturi tube assembly should be removed and  cleaned when ever the appliance has been idle for an extended period of time.

7. Clean inner burner as recommended below, shown E. We suggest three ways to clean the burner tube. Use the one easiest for you.
(A) Bend a stiff wire (a light weight coat hanger works well) into a small hook. Run hook through burner tube several times.

How to bend a stiff wire

(B) Use a narrow bottle brush with a flexible handle (do not use a brass wire brush), run the brush through burner tube several times.
(C) Wear eye protection: Use an air hose to force air into the burner tube and out the burner ports. Check each port to make sure air comes out each hole.
8. Check burner for damage, due to normal wear and corrosion some holes may become enlarged. If any large cracks or holes are found replace burner.
9. Attach electrode to burner.
10. Carefully replace control panel assembly .
VERY IMPORTANT: Burner tube must re-engage over valve opening. See illustration, shown F.
11. Reposition inner liner, cooking basket and top cover.

How to position all of the components in the burner


This warranty only applies to units purchased from an authorized retailer. Manufacturer warrants to the original consumer-purchaser only that this product shall be free from defects in workmanship and materials after correct assembly and under normal and reasonable home use for the periods indicated below beginning on the date of purchase*. The manufacturer reserves the right to require that defective parts be returned, postage and or freight pre-paid by the consumer for review and examination.

Limited warranty table

*Note: A dated sales receipt WILL be required for warranty service.

The original consumer-purchaser will be responsible for all shipping charges for parts replaced under the terms of this limited warranty.

This limited warranty is applicable in the United States and Canada only, is only available to the original owner of the product and is not transferable.

Manufacturer requires proof of your date of purchase. Therefore, you should retain your sales slip or invoice. Registering your product is not a substitute for proof of purchase and the manufacturer is not responsible for or required to retain proof of purchase records.

This limited warranty applies to the functionality of the product ONLY and does not cover cosmetic issues such as scratches, dents, corrosions or  discoloring by heat, abrasive and chemical cleaners or any tools used in the assembly or installation of the appliance, surface rust, or the discoloration of stainless steel surfaces.

This limited warranty will not reimburse you for the cost of any inconvenience, food, personal injury or property damage.


  1. Shipping cost, standard or expedited, for warranty and replacement parts
  2. Service calls to your home.
  3. Repairs when your product is used for other than normal, single-family household or residential use. acts of God, improper installation or maintenance, installation not in accordance with electrical or plumbing codes, or use of products not approved by the manufacturer.
  4. Damage, failures, or operating difficulties resulting from accident, alteration, careless handling, misuse, abuse, fire, flood acts of God, improper installation or maintenance, installation not in accordance with electrical or plumbing codes, or use
    of products not approved by the manufacturer.
  5. Any food loss due to product failures or operating difficulties.
  6. Replacement parts or repair labor costs for units operated outside the United States or Canada.
  7. Pickup and delivery of your product.
  8. Repairs to parts or systems resulting from unauthorized modifications made to the product.
  9. The removal and/or reinstallation of your product.


Repair or replacement of defective parts is your exclusive remedy under the terms of this limited warranty. In the event of parts availability issues, the manufacturer reserves the right to substitute like or similar parts that are equally functional.

Manufacturer will not be responsible for any consequential or incidental damages arising from the breach of either this limited warranty or any applicable implied warranty, or for failure or damage resulting from acts of God, improper care and maintenance, grease fire, accident, alteration, replacement of parts by anyone other than Manufacturer, misuse, transportation, commercial use, abuse, hostile environments (inclement weather, acts of nature, animal tampering), improper installation or installation not in accordance with local codes or printed manufacturer instructions.


Neither dealers nor the retail establishment selling this product has any authority to make any additional warranties or to promise remedies in addition to or inconsistent with those stated above. Manufacturer’s maximum liability, in any event, shall not exceed the purchase price of the product paid by the original consumer.

NOTE: Some states do not allow an exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so some of the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you. This limited warranty gives you specific legal rights as set forth herein. You may also have other rights which vary from state to state. In the state of California only, if refinishing or replacement of the product is not commercially practicable, the retailer selling this product or the Manufacturer will refund the purchase price paid for the product, less the amount directly attributable to use by the original consumer-purchaser prior to discovery of the nonconformity. In addition, in the state of California only, you may take the product to the retail establishment selling this product in order to obtain performance under this limited warranty.

If you wish to obtain performance of any obligation under this limited warranty, you should
write to:

Consumer Relations
P. O. Box 1240
Columbus, GA 31902-1240

Consumer returns will not be accepted unless a valid Return Authorization is first acquired. Authorized returns are clearly marked on the outside of the package with an RA number and the package is shipped freight/postage pre-paid. Consumer returns that do not meet these standards will be refused.


Assembly diagram step 1

Assembly diagram step 2 and 3

Assembly diagram step 4 and 5

Assembly diagram step 6

NOTE: Before cooking on your appliance for the first time, refer to the Outdoor Cooking Guide on how to prepare the appliance for cooking. It is recommended that you season your appliance prior to cooking.

Assembling the insides of the cooker

  • When cooking hang top cover on handle as shown.
  • Once seasoning is complete, the appliance is now ready for use. The cooking pot will continue to darken with use. This will inhibit rusting along with improving the performance of the infrared cooking pot.
  • Use of mesh top cover is optional. Heat will reflect off of the top cover and provide additional browning to the top of your meat. Be careful – the top cover can cause the heat to reflect too much, so as to burn the top of your meat. The top cover helps when cooking in temperatures below 40˚F or in high-wind conditions.

Hanging the top on the side of the unit


If a gas leak cannot be stopped, or a fire occurs due to gas leakage, call the fire department.

Table of emergencies


Troubleshooting table

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