I'll say! My first few batches were extract done on the stove-top. Man, the humidity was killer after a 90 minute boil. Not to mention the wife's irritation meter was off the chart One nice benefit of brewing outside is I don't have to worry about disinfecting the kitchen. That's worth the cost of the fryer and then some.Another advantage to them is that they keep you out of the kitchen, which contributes to domestic tranquility. Boilovers are inevitable, and they are a mess to clean up from a stove top. Much easier on the garage floor.