I got my deep fryer in the mail, and I was totally ready to do some deep frying, but I had read the previous reviews about how it tended to leak. So I put mine together, filled it with water (water is easier to clean up than oil) and it started pouring out, all over my counter. After a few times, adjusting here, checking there... I finally discovered that the drain guard on the bottom of the oil tank was damaged, bent in so the stopper for the tank couldn't fully close. I get ahold of the manufacturer, T-fal, and explained it to them, now I am waiting 4 - 8 weeks for a replacement tank. I don't know if it will work or not, but if I were Emeril, I would take my name off of this product!