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From: Debbie G / Twinkle (debtwinkle)7/17/11 1:39 PM 
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I have a convection oven that's getting on in years. So the other night when the thermometer I keep inside to monitor temps only went up to 220 degrees, when it was set for 275 degrees, my immediate assumption was that the oven had finally died/failed.

Luckily my sweetie didn't make that assumption. He went out and got new thermometers and discovered the oven was fine, it was the THERMOMETER that had registered the wrong temp / failed. A new thermometer for under a few bucks is much preferable to the price of a new convection oven!

Just wanted to alert everyone else... don't assume it's the oven like me!

And even more so, the sweetie/engineer says 2 thermometers, of DIFFERENT brands, is best. Apparently those thermometers aren't all that perfect either, so if you get 2 of different brands, you're much more likely to get the real temperature. Just figure it's somewhere in the middle between the 2 temps that register. The 'different brands' is important, because each company calibrates differently.

Happy Claying!

Debbie G

((You know you're a polymer clay addict when you're too cheap to turn on the air conditioning for yourself, but if your clay gets too soft, you will turn it on then.... ))

  • Edited 7/28/2011 11:40 pm ET by debtwinkle
 
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From: T-Roo (tkaylen) Posted by host7/17/11 6:16 PM 
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Good hubby :) Glad it worked out in your favor.
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From: Melody017/17/11 8:38 PM 
To: Debbie G / Twinkle (debtwinkle)  (3 of 8) 
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Smart hubby! My thermometers give up the ghost regularly at least once a year. So glad that you don't have to spring for a new oven.

<<((You know you're a polymer clay addict when you're too cheap to turn on the air conditioning for yourself, but if your clay gets too soft, you will turn it on then.... ))>>

ROFL....So true!

Anita in AZ

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From: MagicByLeah7/20/11 4:54 PM 
To: Debbie G / Twinkle (debtwinkle)  (4 of 8) 
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thanks Debbie,
I learned this lesson the hard way (burnt my first princess) and now use 2 thermometers which are usually 5-10 degrees apart

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From: BetteW7/27/11 10:37 AM 
To: Debbie G / Twinkle (debtwinkle)  (6 of 8) 
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Thanks for posting this. My thermometer is as old as the convection oven, so I am going to buy a second one, just to check. I have NEVER had to move the temperature selector, as this machine has always been right on.

Better safe than sorry, huh?

Thanks again,

Bette

 

 
From: Debbie G / Twinkle (debtwinkle)7/28/11 11:45 PM 
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Good information! Thanks! I'm sure it will benefit me in the making supper department too. *grin*
 

 
From: byallison8/2/11 5:24 PM 
To: Debbie G / Twinkle (debtwinkle)  (8 of 8) 
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I asked for an oven therometer for my birthday and got it.  It was the first thing hubby bought and then we found a third in a closet.  When I got my first therometer I actually calibrated it with boiling water, which gave hubby a good laugh because I used a huge pot and waited FOREVER for it to reach boiling.

Allison

 

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