Monday, May 16, 2016

I need help with my knob

When R had his shop ever so many years ago, I used to make a boiled fruit cake every second day for him to sell, and sell it did, often being sold in one day and at a huge profit.

There is left over dried fruit from when R made this year's Christmas cake. I thought tomorrow I would bake a boiled fruit cake. But the new oven!!!

I don't understand the temperature dial and I would really appreciate some advice. R is on a successful learning experience with the oven but he can't give me an answer.

Here is the temperature dial. So tell me, if you want a temperature of 200 degrees, where do you put the dial? Actually, I want 180. What do the dots indicate? Is 200 the dot before, the dot behind or in the middle where the number is?


27 comments:

  1. Hi Andrew,

    I can only suggest you grab hold of an oven thermometer so you can measure how your knob performs properly.

    cheers,
    Pip

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    1. Exactly what I did Pippa, thanks. It was only $8.

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  2. Hmmmm! Do you have a manual? I think I'd be inclined to use the actual numbers as they state, then maybe the dots are 125, 175, 225 and then you just have to guess for 180.. Good luck with that :) let us know how you go!

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    1. Grace, we do have a manual and the normally highly organised me has misplaced it. As per the new oven thermometer, you are correct about the dots.

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    2. Oh yes, the manual was not helpful anyway.

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  3. Poor design right there. Good luck with that.

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    1. I agree Carol. You shouldn't have to wonder about such things.

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  4. I would lean towards the number (or the middle of the number) being the temperature. As carol says, not a good design.
    Where does the dial start? If the 50 is a little way along from the start that would support the theory. I think.

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    1. EC, correct on all counts, including the 50.

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  5. I would agree with Elephants child but I have trouble with my own knobs but most of my numbers have worn off poor design all round as Carol in Cairns has stated.
    Merle...........

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    1. Merle, that your numbers have worn off just shows what a devoted cook you are. I certainly won't be wearing any numbers off the oven dial.

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  6. It's where the number is, right at 200. The dots seem to be 25 degree increemnt, aren't they? The dot between 150 and 200 would be 175, so a touch past it towards 200 would be close to 180.

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    1. Strayer, you are the only one who is certain about that, so top of the class for you.

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  7. I agree with Stayer.
    However not helpful is that dial.

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    1. No Margaret, it is not great, but now we know.

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  8. I don't like that dial, it doesn't have enough graduation marks. 200 would be where the number is, the dot before that would be 175, so a fraction past that would be 180. I'd say you might have to make several fruitcakes to get the right feel for the knob spacing. If you can't eat them all I'm sure JahTeh, Elephant's Child and me can help you out there.

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    1. River, yes more marks would be better, but it is deadly accurate, say set it to the centre zero of 200 and that is exactly the temperature you get according to the thermometer.

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  9. So tricky machine

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    1. Gosia, it was but not now I know.

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  10. Ahhh that is why we have grandchildren :) So we can ask for technical advice!

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    1. Hels, except they would not know this one, but wise mature women did.

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  11. I would always have thought the numbers themselves were the mark and the dots were intermediate temperatures. The only question was what they lined up to - but now I look closer I see the alternative mark that I saw is just a temporary splash mark, so clearly they should line up to the thermometer sign.

    The other hint would have been where the dial lined up to when you turned it off.

    I would never have thought the dots represented the temperature - they are obviously intended to denote mid points between the numbered temperatures.

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    1. Marcellous, you are quite correct. The dial lined up to nothing when it was turned off. I can only say that we think differently about such things as temperature dials. Why are midpoints marked?

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  12. Midpoints are marked so you can more easily judge the temperatures either side of them, such as your 180 being just past the 175 midpoint and so on.

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    1. I think I would like a mark every 25 degrees with a number above it. Anyway, now I know how the dial works, it is fine.

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  13. I'm in the numbers camp, aligned with the thermometer symbol.

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