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Too hot I just got mine for Christmas and...yep, you guessed it. Too hot. It boils everything in less than 2 hours. I hate it. The bad thing is that I just gave my old one away! I like that it is timed, but doesn't really matter if it is going to burn my house down in 4 hours anyway!

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Re: Too hot

The thermostat needs to be repaired, but I believe that the unit is actually rivited together, making replacement difficult. Thermal breaker should stop it from actually catching fire.

Posted on Jan 25, 2008

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