If you don't use this thing to fry chicken and you can muscle it use it to beat intruders or your kids (i'm kidding about the kids) this is a heavy fryer, this is not a one handed unit for most this thing is sturdy and distributes even heat while being brought up to heat and once up to heat this thing maintains great heat! I have used it in the oven as well to bake chicken and did a tri- tipin it as well . This thing is great but HEAVY - you've been warned!
The Cuisinart description states that the inside is enameled porcelain. It is not. The inside is coated with something, but it's extremely rough and food sticks to it. It is NOT what the description says. What's worse is that it can't be returned. You got me Cuisinart, but never again.