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Old 07-25-2006, 06:31 PM   #11
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Ice Cream/Sorbet machine. I only used it a couple of times. Didn't seem to warrant the effort with all of the gourmet products in the stores now days.
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Old 07-25-2006, 06:33 PM   #12
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IC, that's another gadget I have but rarely use. You're right.

However, think I'll keep this one over a rice cooker.
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Old 07-25-2006, 06:34 PM   #13
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Kenmore digital stove.. I thought it was so neat, the digital clock and digital dials, but when the digital part broke, it cost more to repair the digital computer thingy, then the total price of the stove.. so had to just throw it away, and start over.
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Old 07-25-2006, 06:34 PM   #14
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Those of you who have a microwave over your stove, where does all the smoke/grease from the stovetop go? On the underside of the microwave?
Over-the-stove microwaves have a built-in exhaust fan and a filter screen. They're supposed to be vented to the outside, but many installers skip that step, as I discovered when we decided to move about two years ago.

We spent a lot of time looking at houses, and naturally the kitchen was a focal point for us. A couple of the houses we looked at had a microwave over the stove, so I turned on the exhaust fan to check it. I felt no suction at all on one, and another was blowing air in my face. Checking further, I was shocked to discover there was NO exhaust pipe to the outside. Both of these were in newly remolded kitchens.

I asked the real estate agents about that. One said that the owner had not installed an exhaust pipe because it was too difficult to route it around the upstairs rooms -- so there was no exhaust at all.

The other agent was more creative -- she claimed it was a "recirculating exhaust"! I replied, "So it sucks up the smoke and hot exhaust from the stove and blows it in my face?" For some reason she didn't talk to me much after that.
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Old 07-25-2006, 06:38 PM   #15
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Thanks, FryBoy. Kind of what I suspected.

I've already got enough surfaces to clean without adding this one.
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Old 07-25-2006, 06:41 PM   #16
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A tappan stove. We had problems from the first week and the repairmen could never keep it repaired. All electrical problems.
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Old 07-25-2006, 06:42 PM   #17
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Thanks, FryBoy. Kind of what I suspected.

I've already got enough surfaces to clean without adding this one.
They may be fine, if installed correctly. However, I question whether they would be adequate for an adventurous cook. I need a good hood to vent the cooktop when I make things that really pour out the smoke, like pan-broiled steaks and wok cooking, and things that can be pretty odorous, like fish.
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Old 07-25-2006, 06:47 PM   #18
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Coffee pots-----name the brand and I've had problems---they are NOT made to last especially anything by Black and Decker. That company has really gone downhill in quality as far as I'm concerned. Finally I bought a "no-frills" Cuisinart pot and so far it's hanging in there.
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Old 07-25-2006, 07:39 PM   #19
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[quote=FryBoy] They're supposed to be vented to the outside, but many installers skip that step, as I discovered when we decided to move about two years ago. quote]

The house I moved into has a hood over the stove that shoots the air back into the kitchen. I choke when I'm trying to really sear meat and the smoke is blowing in my face.
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Old 07-25-2006, 07:44 PM   #20
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I would have to say, the little plastic scraper thingy I was given, to scrape things up I guess. It is like a little dough knife, and useless to me at home or work.
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