Hi, pudge. Welcome to DC. Too bad about your fryer. I hope you were able to return it for a replacement and not have to buy a totally new one.
I can't help you with your questions, but there are plenty of members here who are experienced in this kind of cooking. Just be patient and wait for the answers to come.
In the meantime, look through our forums and get tempted with all we have to offer. Have fun and we're glad you've found us.
"As a girl I had zero interest in the stove." - Julia Child
This is real inspiration. Look what Julia became!