I have a question that I do not think has been addressed. I was thinking of using an old electric skillet, (the warm to 450 degree type). The type I would want to use would be the non-Teflon coated type (without the coating or to have the coating sand blasted off) Has this been done? I have done a lot of searching but have never seen this mentioned. Am I looking in the wrong places or do I not know what to look for? I am still pretty new to the site so I might not know what to look for or at. Thanks for the time and help. I hope I can get an answer. Bud Yes I have moved my question. Thank you to who ever made the commnet about the deep fryer, I am sorry that I lost your name. (Smokin wylie, I think) Thanks !! I had thought that using a skillet would be about the same as a hot plate, but with better control. (Plus the more mass of the skillet.) Good ideas, but I am not quite ready to give up the idea of the skillet.