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Saturday, June 23, 2007
  Never turn the toaster to 8
We have had one of these newfangled toasters for some time. It has an electronic guide as to the intensity of toasting. Normally we use between 3 and 5. 5 gives a quite uniform level of toasting. 7, however, sets the bread on fire. We found this out this morning when a guest decided to toast some bread at level 7. The kitchen rapidly filled with smoke (although the newly rebatteried smoke alarm ignored this - it obviously has a burning bread ignoring function).

Clearly if level 7 sets the bread on fire we should avoid ever going as high as 8 because we could see domestic meltdown.

It is a bit odd that there is a setting for burning bread on the toaster. However, there are lots of odd things in this world (eg our current Public Family Law system).
 
Comments:
I find the high settings are usually good for crumpets.
 
I swear by my dualit toaster. Slighty more expensive than your average toaster, but simplicity personified, and all parts replacable. No fancy springloaded eject mechanism to fail, or electronic timer to fuse.
And all metal so wont melt to a plastic puddle if the bread does combust.
 
I can only recommend above said Dualit toaster, risk of impending meltdown is reduced thus saving fire alarm batteries, breathing apparatus and bread.
 
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