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Hot crock pot?

acetaminophen Sep 4, 2011 02:42 PM

I just started to cook a vegetable stock on high about an hour ago. Is the outside of the Crock Pot supposed to get really hot? It's white, I think the outside is metal, and the size is 5 quarts, if that matters.

  1. jmcarthur8 Sep 7, 2011 07:05 PM

    At my cabinet shop, I've replaced several laminate countertops (and sometimes cabinets above!) from crock pot fires. It gets hot under the crock pot as several CHer's have mentioned here. When I had laminate tops myself, I placed under the crockpot a glass cutting board that had little feet under it to raise it off the countertop. That gave it an air cushion, besides the glass barrier.

    1. meatn3 Sep 5, 2011 07:40 AM

      I put a heat proof tray under mine when in use just to be on the safe side. It serves as a visual reminder for the non-cooks. Sometimes a bit of liquid can get on the counter if the lid is jostled, this helps contain it.

      A rimmed cookie sheet will do the trick!

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      1. re: meatn3
        acetaminophen Sep 5, 2011 08:24 AM

        That's smart. There was some liquid bubbling out from under the lid which made me worry a little about potential splatters--will use a cookie sheet next time!

      2. sunshine842 Sep 4, 2011 03:03 PM

        Yep - completely normal.

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        1. re: sunshine842
          acetaminophen Sep 4, 2011 03:30 PM

          Awesome! Thank you. Glad to know that I don't need to freak out.

          1. re: acetaminophen
            sunshine842 Sep 5, 2011 12:22 AM

            there are a few that are specially made to not get hot, but most get pretty darned toasty --

            don't forget to leave some space around it so nothing melts onto it. It doesn't really get hot enough to start a fire, but a girlfriend of mine has a crockpot with a perfect reverse-print of a bread bag on hers -- the bag of bread was sitting next to the crockpot and the inks are now permanently fused to the outside of her crockpot (no amount of scrubbing will budge it). A friend of hers melted a bottle of cooking oil -- and came home to a messy puddle of oil on the countertop.

            1. re: sunshine842
              acetaminophen Sep 5, 2011 08:23 AM

              Yikes! I too have heard stories about hot crockpots, but they were about pots that were larger and people hadn't filled them all the way with food. That had to do with cooking time and the pot heating up too quickly or too much, but not about the outside of the crockpot.

              I did give it a lot space, fortunately. It'll be a nice heat source when winter comes!

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