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Old 01-04-2012, 02:59 PM   #21
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I leave mine on low whenever I need to leave the house. That's
why we have slow cookers...so that dinner will be mostly done on its own. I do leave it on a wooden board on my countertop

The only tiome I had a rpoblem was when I got home and the electricity was out.
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Old 01-04-2012, 03:22 PM   #22
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you don't have to apologize tim. it's ok to be wrong...

i used to trust the ul label implicitly until i had a fire using ul approved christmas lights.

later, i saw a news show about how the ul labeling thing has had some corruption and there are unsafe products being sold with the label.

i'm sure 98% of all people who use crocpots and go out for hours will never have a problem. i don't trust something made in china that uses a decent amount of current to always be safe.
just my maybe overly careful opinion.
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Old 01-04-2012, 03:25 PM   #23
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you don't have to apologize tim. it's ok to be wrong...
EXcept that I am not wrong. You are. Sorry to have to point that out.

Chinese products are just as safe as any. Perhaps you can show me some stats that disprove that.

How about if you and I move this into PM's for further discussion. I can almost hear a Mods footsteps coming.
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Old 01-04-2012, 03:49 PM   #24
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I think Chinese products that have legitimate UL and CE marks are probably as safe as any, but of course that does not apply to products that have a counterfeit mark. Chinese manufacturers have however been implicated in any number of product adulteration and counterfeiting schemes. Let's be thankful that those of us who live in US, CA and EU have more governmental protection than Chinese consumers in China.

I wouldn't worry about the crock pot too much as long as it's used on a relatively incombustible surface, and preferably where overspill won't damage anything. And of course do not purchase or use any appliance without UL/CE mark. (I think it's the usual case that virtually all appliances have UL mark for US and CE mark for Europe, so the products can be marketed anywhere.)
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Old 01-04-2012, 04:46 PM   #25
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well said, greg. i 'm speaking from my own experience and that of my dad who was a firefighter in brooklyn for many years.

i might be overly cautious, but once bitten, twice shy.
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Old 01-04-2012, 07:11 PM   #26
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well said, greg. i 'm speaking from my own experience and that of my dad who was a firefighter in brooklyn for many years.

i might be overly cautious, but once bitten, twice shy.
I am with buckytom on this. My cheap, made in China, food dehydrator died. The DH took it apart. The switch had a fail-safe component, the first part failed, the 2nd did not, luckily. I was home, but asleep. If both parts had failed, it could have started a fire. Many house fires are the result of a box fan failing. I know someone who's stove was defective, turned itself on, and the house burned down. Didn't all of our mothers tell us never to leave the dryer on when leaving the house? My DH's bread machine failed. He was in his machine shop, but when he went in for tea, the house was filled with smoke.
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Old 01-04-2012, 11:43 PM   #27
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Thanks, all, for good input. I like suggestions to put cooker on cookie sheet on top of stove if nervous about leaving it. Since my old Crock Pot is no longer heating right, I went ahead and ordered the Crock Pot 6.5-quart touch screen recommended by Cooks Illustrated. Sounds like it works great, and it has an updated look. Free shipping from Amazon.com (which I single-handedly keep in business)....
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Old 01-04-2012, 11:56 PM   #28
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Don't worry about Amazon. I buy all my CDs, DVDs and books there, especially cookbooks. I always bulk up until I have $25 for free shipping, and that's when I order. I've always been impressed with their service.

I've had particularly good results with used cookbooks in "excellent condition" or "like new condition." I bet a full quarter of my cookbooks are "lightly used" by a previous owner.
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most crock pots today are made in china.

everyone here who trusts chinese factories with the safety and security of their homes, raise thier hands...
I had that same thouught a few posts back. I try to buy "Made in America" whenever I can. If it is union made. even better. Made in China gives me the willies. If I had to pick a foreign country where something is made, I have to say Mexico. They try to make a decent product so they can keep their job. And I haven't heard any horror stories 'yet.'
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EXcept that I am not wrong. You are. Sorry to have to point that out.

Chinese products are just as safe as any. Perhaps you can show me some stats that disprove that.

How about if you and I move this into PM's for further discussion. I can almost hear a Mods footsteps coming.
How about the baby formula? They manufactured a product that was killing their own people. Unfortunately there was a trial, the people responsible were found guilty and excuted. No appeals. The people of China do not value life the same way we do.

Many of the toys they send over here are loaded with lead. I have a friend that is a longshoreman on the West Coast. He told me that a lot of the stuff coming in from China, is sent back as unacceptable. Electronics are shoddily made and would definitely cause injury. A lot of the toys are sent back as too dangerous for a child to play with. We only hear about the ones that managed to get through.
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