What Happens if you put Ice in a Deep Fryer
For a quick answer, if you put ice into a deep fryer, chaos ensures. Because oil has a higher boiling point than water, and given the temperature difference of an ice cube and boiling oil, depending on how much ice you put into the fire, a fiery explosion may immediately occur.
Why Oil and Ice do not mix in a Deep Fryer
We’ve already shown why water doesn’t mix well in the burning oil of a deep fryer, but honestly, ice is probably one of the few things to throw into a deep fryer worse than water.
Deep fryers usually run above 300°F and can reach up to 375°F. While Ice usually starts to freeze at 32°F. That means the difference in temperature is usually over 300°F. That being said, as soon as the ice even approached the burning oil, you can rest assured, its already starting to melt. Almost the exact moment that the ice hits the oil, it is trying to expand into steam. Due to this sudden urge, and the lack of space to go anywhere, the ice/oil may turn into a fiery explosion. At the very least, the oil will start to go chaotic and pop, and possibly even boil over. Whether or not the oil immediately goes up into flames may depend on how much ice you try and put into the fryer at once.
What to do if you accidentally put ice into a deep fryer?
First off, its a bad idea to keep water or ice even remotely close to a deep fryer. However, if we were to play along in this crazy scenario and say you had a cup full of ice cold soda hanging near a deep fryer. The next thing you know your diabolical dog jump scares you and your drink goes flying toward the deep fryer. At the very moment you realize that the water/ice may or may not get into the deep fryer, you’re going to want to put as much distance from that deep fryer as possible. Because if that ice hits, an immediate flame may come up. If that does happen, you do not want your head anywhere near the deep fryer.
If for any reason your deep fryer catches fire, and it might seem containable, there are only a few methods to get rid of the fire. First is to smother the fire. If you have a lid for that deep fryer, your best bet may to be cover the deep fryer up. Of course, if the fire immediately bursts into a big enough open flame, that may not even be safe.
Video of what happens when you pour ice into a Deep Fryer
As you can see in the example above, it doesn’t take long for the ice to react with the oil. There’s a reason the person willing to give this a try, bolted as fast as he could in the other direction. Ice and oil simply don’t mix. Its not safe to try this at home. There are countless other videos that provide the same evidence. Hopefully now that you’ve watched the video, you find no need to try this at home.
In general, all forms of water do not mix with the hot temperatures of oil. There’s a reason you shouldn’t try and put out a grease fire with water. Ice is no different, in fact, it may be even worse because of the higher temperature differences between the two substances. Bottom line is if you expose deep fryer oil to water, you’re asking for a very dangerous situation.