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Farberware OpenHearth and Rotisserie?

paprkutr Jun 26, 2012 04:50 PM

I would like your opinion please. I am cleaning out my sister's place and I just found a brand new one, it works, but it seems like the rotisserie motor is locked or doesn't work. I want to know if any one has one and uses it, and is it worth the fifty dollars investment in a new motor? I think I would use it, but I want to make sure it is worth it. Also, I have the shish Kabob attachment too. TIA

  1. dcrb Jun 26, 2012 07:00 PM

    We had one for nearly 20 years and used it several times a year. It worked well. But was slow as all the heat would escape straight up without being captured by a shield. Finally donated it. We liked it but cooking did take some time.

    1. kaleokahu Jun 26, 2012 08:07 PM

      Hi, paprkutr:

      I have one and use it fairly often. I wouldn't give it up without a fight.

      The motors on these are actually pretty stout--I've done geese and small turkeys on mine without a problem. But I'd look for an old motor unit with a metal case, because the gears inside are going to be metal, too. I'm not sure the plastic-cased and -geared motors will stand up to the imbalance and torque that come with cooking large birds and joints. If you're handy, you can open the motor case, clean out the solidified gear lube, and re-lubricate--YOU MAY NOT EVEN NEED A NEW MOTOR.

      If you like duck and want a treat, try smoking a whole bird for about an hour, then spit it up and cook it on the Faberware. The jus that collects in the pan proves the old adage that the best integral sauces come from spit-roasted meats. The kitchen smells these open rotisseries give is fantastic.

      I've found the little recipe and instruction booklet that came with these new is spot on, and worth having.


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