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Old 11-07-2012, 04:33 PM   #41
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The newer crock pots have better controls and give you a better sense of safety in leaving the house for hours. If your CP has no controls, then I would say it is time to invest in a new one. All CPs are made with a built-in thermostat. But isn't to say it can't wear out over the years.
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Old 11-07-2012, 06:25 PM   #42
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The newer crock pots have better controls and give you a better sense of safety in leaving the house for hours. If your CP has no controls, then I would say it is time to invest in a new one. All CPs are made with a built-in thermostat. But isn't to say it can't wear out over the years.
These small appliances have a 2nd "fail-safe" switch that is supposed to shut the appliance off if the first one fails. If the 2nd switch (which hasn't had to be tested while the first one is operating correctly when you use the appliance) fails, your appliance could stay "on" and, well, not pretty.

A friend's house almost burnt down because he forgot he had toast in the toaster, went outside for about 30 minutes. In the meantime, the pop-up, off-mechanism failed, the toaster did not shut off...$20,000 damage to the kitchen. Had he not gone back in the house when he did, he would not have been able to contain the fire and put it out. By the time the Fire Dept. would have arrived, his house probably would have been up in flames. As it was, 50% of his kitchen cabinets were gone, his counters, the ceiling (chopped a hole in the ceiling and sprayed water from the garden hose up there), smoke damage to the rest of the house.

I stay close to my kitchen (if not in it) when using appliances or cooking on the stove top.
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:19 PM   #43
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I am using the thermal cooker instead of the slow cooker. It saves energy and I am not worry when I leave the house for hours.

How to use a Thermal Cooker - YouTube
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:36 PM   #44
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I know a slow cooker is supposed to cook while we're doing other things, but I can't quite get comfy leaving it on almost all day while I'm gone. Others have good experiences with leaving it on, and is it pretty safe? Also, any recommendations re: newer slow cookers? Thanks a lot.
Crock-Pots are intended to slow cook all day (or night).
If you don't feel comfortable leaving it unattended. Don't.
I do.
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:56 PM   #45
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I just replaced my crock pot and it does seem to cook hotter. I don't have any qualms about leaving it cooking while at work. I will put this new one on a wooden cutting board just to spare the counter since it is hotter.

I also have a family friend who is a retired fireman. He had no issues with a crock pot but he did advise me to unplug toasters and and coffee makers while out, anything with a high heat, burner element. He said toasters and toaster ovens are notorious fire starters. He also advised me never to use those scented oil filled plug ins.
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:15 PM   #46
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I just replaced my crock pot and it does seem to cook hotter. I don't have any qualms about leaving it cooking while at work. I will put this new one on a wooden cutting board just to spare the counter since it is hotter.

I also have a family friend who is a retired fireman. He had no issues with a crock pot but he did advise me to unplug toasters and and coffee makers while out, anything with a high heat, burner element. He said toasters and toaster ovens are notorious fire starters. He also advised me never to use those scented oil filled plug ins.
I have heard that too about the newer crocks cooking hotter.
I have heard that too about the oil plug-ins.
Scary.
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:41 AM   #47
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Crock-Pots are intended to slow cook all day (or night).
If you don't feel comfortable leaving it unattended. Don't.
I do.
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