Need old West Bend Serving Oven -bun warmer- directions
I've been given an old aluminum West Bend ''Serving Oven'' bun warmer - with bakelite handles?? - and need instruction as to how to use it. Can I use it in the stove or oven to heat it up, and to what degree in order not to damage the handles?
Re: Need old West Bend Serving Oven -bun warmer-...
I have one of those that I got as a wedding gift from my parents in 1975. They were popular then. My mother had always come out with nicely warmed buns, but when my wife and I tried to use ours, our buns were soggy--from too much water, I guess.You have to use it on top of the stove, not in the oven. Try putting in about a half-inch of water and put in the middle piece. If it floats, then you have too much water. Put the buns inside, place the lid on, and put it on low heat for 2-3 minutes. You can regulate how soft or crisp the bun would be by opening the steam vent for more crispy bread, or closing it for it to be more moist. You can experiment with it, but yes, you DO need to use it on TOP of the stove.~ Barry
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I ordered bulbs online at http://www.smallappliance.com/
They come in a set of 6, you can't order less than that, I looked all over the place. Here is the part number: Krups SS-185303 Heating Element. You might want to find them on Amazon.com because by the time you order them from the above website, with shipping, it will come to more than you will pay total on Amazon and it's coming from the same place. Just in case Amazon doesn't have them in stock (you never know) I wanted to give you the source for the bulbs.
Unplug unit and remove all trays and racks and crumb tray. (I took this time to do some much needed deep cleaning too.)
First you have to remove the old bulb. I tried it the hard way by trying to pull it out - it's connected with screws on the left and right to the connector wires.
I placed the oven on a big light colored towel and had a cup ready to place all my screws in. I also took pictures of it before I started taking it apart so I had something to reference when putting back together. I used a small sharp phillips head screw driver, DW40, household oil, a set of leather household gloves and patience.
I first removed the cover of the whole oven by starting with the bottom legs (there's a screw under the rubber foot), the bottom, back and then removed screws on the face/door. Becareful of the door hinge. You might want to use some household oil or DW40 before you start to attempt this. My oven is 6 years old and we've used it everyday. There was some accumulated stuff around the screws.
Carefully remove cover of oven and door/face. There's going to be a thick wire that will connect the interface circuit board to the internal boards so again, becareful when removing the face of the oven. The glass door may pop out of the hinge so, again, becareful.
Make sure and observe how the door hinge and spring are placed and take a picture as you're going to have to put it back together.
When I got to the connector of the bulbs I had to use, very carefully, some more household oil on the screw.l I held the ceramic socket with my leather utility gloves on and gently applied pressure to get the screw loose on both sides.
Carefully place new bulb in hole/holders and gently screw the wires back on, start with the right side (facing the oven).
Reassemble the door hinge if you took it off. and place the face on just for position.
Attach the outer cover, back first and then bottom.
Attach face and make sure hinge is working properly and you've tucked that wire back in.
Remove anything else plugged into socket you use for the oven (just in case it blows the socket which has happened with some DIY repair in our house). Plug in oven and test it out.
I hope this has helped you. If not, find some coupons for Bed Bath and Beyond and purchase a new one and sell your extra bulbs on ebay or craigslist. Good luck!
You are correct in your diagnosis. The selection switch has 2 sets of contacts that should only make one when on bake. The contacts internal to that fuse are most likely fused together, the other thing that could be going on is a short circuit in the wires to the selection switch causing the same problem. Typically a repair unless under warranty would be costly unless you are up for the challenge of replacing the switch and checking the wiring yourself.
I would call Cuisinart - this one has a 3-year warranty, and all they would need is a serial number, not the receipt. Do any of the lights turn on? When you pressed clock, did you hold in the hours button?
Its an on or off thing. No way to control the flow of electricity.
The elements are bigger than necessary to heat the unit quickly, the problem you have is a bad thing with food that burns easily but a good thing that makes these units come up to temp so quickly after turning on.
Unfortunately the only thing you can do is put more space between the element and your food or use aluminum foil (not suggested, its too close to the burners).
Eventually the contacks will fail (unless you are one of the lucky ones).