Re:Fryer Cleanup Questions
We don't fry anything with as much debris potential as it sounds like your stuff has, so you might have to oil change more frequently. We change our oil every couple of weeks, depending on business. We strain out debris daily with a fine mesh strainer, but this might not be enough for what you are dealing with.
When we clean the fryer, we drain the oil into a steel pot to let it cool (when cool, pour back into an empty cube then sell it to bio-fuel makers), wipe out fryer reservoir and then fill up with water and start the gas to heat up the water. Add Fryer cleaning liquid to the specifications of your fryer capacity and once it comes to a rolling boil, turn off gas and start scrubbin sides of reservoir until you are happy with the cleanliness. Drain out water, wipe out reservoir again and spot clean any missed areas. Cleaning around any irregular parts, like the thermostat, can be tricky and those areas will just get more build up over time.
I make sure I flush out the reservoir well with fresh water after the original water drain because I want to get rid of all that chemical cleaner. Stubborn build up usually happens around the drain valve, as well.
Good luck! And don't get hurt!