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Old 02-28-03, 04:33 AM
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Unhappy oven burning food

I have a few year old Hot Point gas oven that came with our house and it seems to always burn food. I have experience working on electrical appliances but sadly no gas ones. I tested the thermostat and it was right on the money every time. My wife is fed up threatening to leave me. Don't know what else to try. Is there something different by the way gas and electric stoves work that we simply need to adjust our cooking styles, or do you think the thermostat coming on intermitently and just messing with my head?

Thanks for any help
Old 02-28-03, 05:24 PM
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Hello: Ryan

You said you tested the thermostat and it was accurate. The question is how did you test it?

Electrical test or a temperature test????

If the oven burns everything always and all the time, the thermostat is failing to maintain temp and needs to be replaced.

If the cooking temperature and times are correct and still burning all food items or most food items, than the oven is not the direct cause. Adjust your baking times and check the dial to insure it is set at the correct temperature, etc.

Cooking methods & styles may need to be altered if you're use to using an electric oven and based upon how it worked. Getting familar with the cooking and baking results between any two appliances takes time and practice.

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Old 02-28-03, 07:26 PM
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Temp. test

Get a good oven thermometer after the oven heats up watch the gauge
LETS SAY YOU NEED TO COOK AT 350- a gas unit will heat up to 375 burner shuts down till temp reaches 325 then burner kicks in again.
an electrick unit will usally heat up to 360, then shut off till it reaches 340.
with both units you get an average temp.of 350
Old 03-01-03, 09:35 AM
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Thanks for the advice,
I have a good electric thermometer that I have used for several years and that's what I used to test it. And like I said it always appeared to be right on the money. Maybe my meter is a little screwy.
Old 03-08-03, 06:47 AM
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Best way to test your temp on your thermometer is place it into a full glass of iced water.. stir the water a couple of times, then put the thermometer into the iced water.. It should fall down to 32*. if if't warmer or colder than that, then adj your thermometer to 32*

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