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turn-alone

Stand-alone turntable for microwave ovens
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A stand-alone turntable for microwaves that don't have one built-in. (Perhaps something contracting / expanding as it heats up, "metal memory"?)

I've seen something like this, but it was mechanical; one simply winds up a spring.

jutta, Mar 07 1997

Nordicware Micro-go round http://www.amazon.c...96-7394500?v=glance
The wind-up kind [robinism, Feb 16 2005]

http://web.archive....idea/Chez_20Monitor [hippo, Feb 16 2005, last modified Dec 07 2007]

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       I've got one of the windup ones, and unless you do a lot of actual cooking <as opposed to just reheating> one 15 second windup will last for a couple of weeks...Would be hard to get a memory-metal to slowly expand over time like that, I think...
StarChaser, Mar 04 2000
  

       What's it made out of, that survives in a microwave? I assume there aren't any metal components.
egnor, Mar 04 2000
  

       Mice in wheels could be used to power it, I suppose.
eehen, Jul 16 2000
  

       Baked.   

       This device was advertised as the 'Micro-Go-Round' on North American TV about 4 years ago. It was a wind-up turntable like StarChaser described. And no- it didn't have any metal parts (I know- I took it part to see how it worked.).   

       Mice explode when you put them in microwave ovens anyway. (That's from personal experience- my neighbor did it.)
BigThor, Aug 01 2000
  

       [jutta], how did you manage to post this two full years before the existence of the site? (OK, I'm not genuinely asking, just pointing out the discrepancy)
david_scothern, Feb 16 2005
  

       Maybe that's when she first thought of it, so when she put it on the site, she back-dated it.
robinism, Feb 16 2005
  

       See [jutta]'s explanation on Chez Monitor (linked).
hippo, Feb 16 2005
  

       I don't get why it can't be metal - the inside of my microwave is stainless steel. I guess you just have to earth it to the case.
AbsintheWithoutLeave, Feb 16 2005
  

       Dazzle your friends with a microwave that turns around and around. A bit of clever design where the power-cord meets the unit, but otherwise quite straightforward. The food sits on a very high-mass table that's either mag-levved or on some other very low friction bearing or kept in place with gyros.   

       More a conversation piece than anything else, but handy if you've got a lot of family photos or other stuff that you want to put on display on top of the overn.
husband_of_bath, Dec 07 2007
  

       This place has been around for 10 years?
mylodon, Dec 07 2007
  

       See [jutta]'s explanation on Chez Monitor (linked).
hippo, Dec 07 2007
  

       Maybe time to buy a new microwave? I don't think I've seen a turntabless one (but on the other hand, I don't look at a lot of microwaves).
MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 07 2007
  

       It could be powered by microwaves - probably fairly easy to do, and it would start and stop automatically as needed.   

       As for [husband_of_bath]'s idea, microwave turntable motors run at a constant speed, determined by the frequency of the AC power supply and their internal gearing (they are thoughtfully designed so that for multiples of (I think) 30 seconds they rotate a whole number of times, so the handle of your container is back where you left it). If the oven were rotated by a motor of the same type as the turntable's, but rotating in the opposite direction, friends could be dazzled as required.
spidermother, Jul 01 2009
  

       at the edge of the tray, may be stick a bottle of water with a hole in the farthest side.. as the water boils, the steam makes the tray rotate.
kamathln, Jul 16 2010
  
      
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