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The problem is a Signal Switch Malfunction. It has to do with the power switch and the pressure switch from what I have been able to find out. Mine doesn't have a pressure problem it just goes to E4 once you set the time. I gave the switch a good smack and it has been working for a while. This is the second time and this worked both times now. I am sure the switch will have to be replaced at some time. From what I have seen this is a very common problem. There is one way to fix this problem, albeit not the best. I was able to bypass the E4 error by completely bypassing the electronics and wiring the heater coil to get power whenever the pressure cooker is plugged in. It was a very simple job, anyone with any electrical experience can do this. The only problem is that it is a safety concern as there is no way for the heater to turn off even if pressure is getting to be way too high. There may be a pressure relief valve in the lid but the heater coil won't shut off, so don't leave it unattended! But at least this way to you can still pressure cook. Pics of process: http://s909.photobucket.com/albums/ac295/danwat1234/fixing%20the%20pressure%20cooker/
If you can find them online using the make and model number, you might for universal knobs that many appliance outlets sell. Even Amazon.
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A timer would probably work for a slow cooker with only a switch for low, medium or high on the front of the cooker, but this slow cooker requires that after you plug it into the wall you have to tell it how you want it to cook, it won't start cooking automatically. In other words, you have to press buttons to make it cook. Hope that's clear, I know sometimes I'm not.
Stoneware by it's nature isn't designed for use over an open flame, as the flame can cause concentrated "hot spots" which could damage (crack) the crockery insert.
I've used mine to reheat mac & cheese I've made using the crock pot, but then again, my Hamiliton Beach crock pot stated the insert was oven safe to 475 degrees.
As far as using in an oven, most crock pot inserts can withstand oven temperatures, but refer to the owner's manual and instructions that came with your particular appliance to see what they reccomend in that regard.