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.

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.