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S/O: Slow-Cookers & Voltage Converters?

image Knitty:
Yes to crockpots, but all small electrical is expensive. Bring your own and buy a converter.

Does this actually work? Is it safe?!

I have a 110V crock pot and some beast-sized converters that could handle it, but I have been terrified to ever try this. To me, the idea of leaving a slow-cooker plugged into a converter when I'm gone for the day just has "kitchen fire" written all over it. I'm scared of leaving anything bigger than my little 50W converter plugged in when I'm not around. Am I just being paranoid?

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Re: S/O: Slow-Cookers & Voltage Converters?

  • We have a beast of a converter (1200 w / 600 constant) that we bought to run my sewing machine and my Kitchen Aid mixer.  I have used it for a ew hours to charge my camera batteries, but that's it.

    I never use a crock pot anyway.  1) I used to have cats, small appliances on all day with curious critters = bad idea;  2) I was always taught to never leave the house with a small appliance plugged in. 3) Where I am electricity is $.24 a kWh.  We leave nothing running for 8 + hours.

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  • That's what I did in Italy. Try it during the day while you are home to get a feel for it. Even if you always use it while you are home it's still helpful for getting dinner ready.

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  • I would be nervous too, I had some serious converters and plugged my slow cooker in one and the slow cooker started smoking. It was immediate smoking though, I didn't leave it on for a couple hours and then it started smoking. 

    If I was you, I wouldn't...but PP said hers worked so maybe it was just my converter. 

  • Ta da:

    http://www.jernia.no/k/search.aspx?q=crock+pot

    I wouldn't be jazzed about leaving a foreign one in all day home alone, either.

     

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  • image wise_rita:

    Ta da:

    http://www.jernia.no/k/search.aspx?q=crock+pot

    I wouldn't be jazzed about leaving a foreign one in all day home alone, either. 

    *cough* *sputter* *hack,hack*

    Kr 799,- for a slow cooker?! I've never used a crockpot enough to pay that much for one!

    (And if I really want one, I could haul it back from Houston where there's a shop that will sell one rewired to 220V for $50) 

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  • image GilliC:
    image wise_rita:

    Ta da:

    http://www.jernia.no/k/search.aspx?q=crock+pot

    I wouldn't be jazzed about leaving a foreign one in all day home alone, either. 

    *cough* *sputter* *hack,hack*

    Kr 799,- for a slow cooker?! I've never used a crockpot enough to pay that much for one!

    (And if I really want one, I could haul it back from Houston where there's a shop that will sell one rewired to 220V for $50) 

    Ooh, does that houston store have a webshop??? I want a slow cooker too, I can find them here, but either they have too little settings (not timer, just on or off) or they're tiny tiny and won't fit anything, or they're indeed crazy expensive. 130 euros for a regular, simple crock pot (yep, crock pot brand) is just too much. 

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  • I'm with you. I couldn't leave the house without fearing it would explode while I was gone.

    Besides, I like to maintain the illusion that my life will be so much more laid back when I move to France (in TEN days- eek!) that I will have time to cook in a big cocotte on the stove over a low flame for hours that I won't even remember my Crock Pot back here in the US.

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  • image NLfoodie:
    image GilliC:
    image wise_rita:

    Ta da:

    http://www.jernia.no/k/search.aspx?q=crock+pot

    I wouldn't be jazzed about leaving a foreign one in all day home alone, either. 

    *cough* *sputter* *hack,hack*

    Kr 799,- for a slow cooker?! I've never used a crockpot enough to pay that much for one!

    (And if I really want one, I could haul it back from Houston where there's a shop that will sell one rewired to 220V for $50) 

    Ooh, does that houston store have a webshop??? I want a slow cooker too, I can find them here, but either they have too little settings (not timer, just on or off) or they're tiny tiny and won't fit anything, or they're indeed crazy expensive. 130 euros for a regular, simple crock pot (yep, crock pot brand) is just too much. 

    I don't remember if they have a webshop or not, but this one near Chicago does:

    http://www.220depot.com/Crock-Pot-Slow-Cookers.html 

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