You can buy Carbon Waffle makers from ebay for under a $100 if you watch. Search commercial waffle, ruggedi, and carbon waffle.They weigh about 50 lbs and are made of cast iron. You will have to clean it up. I know this because I have 3 of them. I use them to feed my service providers for breakfast on special occasions. The ones I have have to be 50 years old and work great. They will outlive the owner. When you consider that they are cheaper and far superior to anything you can buy retail I do not know why one would buy anything else. I have given a few as gifts and people love them. On a side note they work well for making brownies and hashbrowns. The recipe I use is a Yeast Version and have to be made the day ahead but it is worth it.
Yeast Waffles Ingredients
2 cups flour
1-1/2 tsp instant yeast (not ‘active dry’. If using active dry yeast, make sure to proof it first)
1 1/2 stick melted butter 2 cups warm milk (heated to about 110 degrees)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
The night before:
- Combine and whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl: flour, yeast, sugar and salt.
- Combine the melted butter and milk. Add the mixture to the dry ingredients.
- Whisk eggs and vanilla together in a separate small bowl. Add the egg-vanilla mixture to the other mixture, and whisk until well-combined.
- Cover with plastic wrap and stick in the fridge until tomorrow morning. (The batter can rise for 10 to 24 hours.)
The next morning:
- Prepare waffle iron as usual. Stir the batter to deflate it (it should be puffy and frothy).
- Add to waffle iron the same way you would other batter, keeping in mind that this batter will rise more than batters that use baking powder instead of yeast.
You can add all kinds of things to Waffles including cooked ground sausage and cheese. Try just cheese and jalapenos or pineapple chunks. I have made Waffles alot of ways. Make sure you spray the Waffle Maker with non-stick spray...Russ