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Topic: air recirculation for cold days - warning! (2 msgs / 44 lines)
1) From: David Lubertozzi
Be careful not to overheat it - I killed my Precision by using the 
partially covering it with a box method, which worked great for those 
winter roasts, until one day when I wasn't looking and the box fell 
over, completely covering the unit. It got hot enough to slightly melt 
the base and my thermometer 'crystal', and fried the circuit board. 
Repair bill: $44 + shipping (could've been worse I geuss, the Hearthware 
people were very nice, considering I certainly voided the warranty). I'm 
making do with the Poopery meanwhile.
Next time I'll make a smaller cardboard chute that just recirculates 
part of the air, without covering  the whole top. Plus I'll need to fix 
the thermometer; I showed Tom, it still works but the problem is the 
plastic lens was the only thing holding down the numbered face beneath 
the dial pointer (kind of a design weakness IMHO), so I'll have to 
calibrate it with boiling water and peg the face down with a screw or 
something.
-- 
David Lubertozzi

2) From: Michael Guterman
David Lubertozzi wrote:
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I used my Precision outside here in Connecticut all winter long.  I 
really never had a problem with the roasts it produced.  I could turn 
beans into charcoal (which I occasionally did) in any weather.
Michael


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