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Microwave Rack

mordacity Sep 3, 2007 04:47 PM

I just moved into a new apartment full of lovely new appliances. I opened the microwave and was perplexed to find a small metal rack similar to an oven rack across the middle. I'd always been under the impression that metal was never to go into the microwave because Something Horrible would happen. What is this rack doing there, and what can I use it for?

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    Mother of four RE: mordacity Sep 3, 2007 07:53 PM

    Are you sure that you don't have a microwave/convection oven? I have one, and when you use it as a convection oven you use the metal rack.

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      mexivilla RE: mordacity Sep 4, 2007 05:57 AM

      My microwave/convection oven has a metal rack which the instructions say to use when oven is operating in the mixed convection and microwave cooking mode. So obviously it must be okay to use. I think metal causes a problem when it comes in contact with the oven walls and shorts the output and if it totally encloses the food will prevent the microwaves from reaching inside the package.

      1. OCAnn RE: mordacity Sep 4, 2007 10:04 AM

        My new microwave oven (non convection) also had a metal rack. I took it out (since I don't use it) and was too lazy to read the instructions.

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          millygirl RE: OCAnn Sep 4, 2007 10:09 AM

          That is too funny, mine also came with one and I did exactly the same thing....took it out and put in the basement. I had started to read the instructions but seemed way too complicated at the time. I must dig book out and investigate. I have a whirlpool, non convection

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          CrazyOne RE: mordacity Sep 5, 2007 11:47 AM

          I could swear that some 20 years ago our first microwave in the house, a GE, came with a removable metal rack to use in the middle, and it wasn't convection. Very weird to think about, though, isn't it? It's really sketchy but I think I remember using it with no ill effects. Obviously it wouldn't have been made that way if it were a problem.

          Heck, for that matter, remember those Amanas with the all stainless inside? How does that work? I dunno. Something weird there.

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            jennywren1420 RE: CrazyOne Jul 1, 2011 03:26 PM

            I had one of those GEs, too. It was a Spacemaker II, and although it was really low-powered, compared to newer ones, it ran and ran. It just blew its dear little megatron, and I decided not to get a new one and have it put in. Therefore, my search for a rack for the Panasonic I'd like to buy. Nobody seems to know where to find one!

          2. Eric in NJ RE: mordacity Sep 5, 2007 03:03 PM

            I believe as long as the metal is grounded it's ok. I would think that a shelf that comes with a microwave will be grounded

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              kaleokahu RE: Eric in NJ Jul 26, 2011 01:15 PM

              Hi, Eric:

              As long as it is grounded? I don't know about that... I have one of these combi ovens with a wire rack, too. My rack stands on four short legs, each of which has a silly little white rubber foot on the bottom. My working assumption has always been that these feet *prevented* the rack from grounding to the metal turntable tray.

              Maybe someone smarter than I am can clarify this for us.


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              jennywren1420 RE: mordacity Jul 1, 2011 03:24 PM

              Actually, I want to buy a microwave/convection oven, but the one I wanted has been discontinued, and the one that supplanted it doesn't have the round rack with feet for broiing and baking. I have been searching everywhere for either a leftover Panasonic NN-C994S oven or its rack or a rack that would fit the next model, the NN-CD989S. That one doesn't have a rack, and Panasonic doesn't make one. I haven't found one of the old ones, which would fit just fine. The two ovens have the same dimensions. Any suggestions?

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                jennywren1420 RE: jennywren1420 Jul 26, 2011 12:05 PM

                I've been looking and looking (after talking with Panasonic, who are no help at all) for the rack I asked about and would be so grateful if anyone knew of the existence of the rack or even knows where to get one. I don't want to buy the newer model without one. It's pretty much essential for using the convection part of the machine – especially, the broiling part. Thanks for your help.

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