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Belt-Fed Microwave

An automatic microwave loaded by belt or hopper.
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Useful for when you’ve got a lot of people to serve, or to reduce the number of trips to the microwave. A number of frozen dinners, specially made, would be linked together as a belt. The microwave would feed one dinner in, cut it away from the belt, puncture holes to vent (or pull back corner), heat it, eject it, and then load the next meal.

The process could be done one after the other (with several units running parallel) to feed a lot of people quickly, or a single meal could be loaded and automatically heated at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

An alternative to a belt-feed would be a hopper that you just dump frozen meals into. Whatever the case, the meals would likely need to be kept cold. Freezer storage for frozen meals and microwavability in one unit might surpass the need for actual freezers among many bachelors.

And of course, it would also function as an ordinary, manual microwave.

duckie, Mar 01 2002

You mean . . . like this? http://www.microwav...onveyorbaconsystem/
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or this . . . http://patzsales.com/prod00-01-17.htm
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or even, this . . . http://www.amanacom...k/docs/qmp2103.pdf.
Beware, this is a .pdf, not an HTML, document. [bristolz, Mar 01 2002, last modified Oct 04 2004]


       Think less "dumptruck full of bacon in 5 minutes" and more "load a month's worth of lean cuisine at once." When I refer to a belt, I'm not talking about a conveyer belt, but rather a chain of frozen meals. This is less about heating lots of stuff at once and more about the quick loading and unloading of meals in a home setting.
duckie, Mar 01 2002

       Touché, bris.
waugsqueke, Mar 01 2002

       Absolutely, and no prep time for scheduled meals. You only have to do anything when you get alerted that the meal is done, instead of having to put it in and figure out what to do with the next five minutes of your life, which is an especially awkward unit of time.
duckie, Mar 01 2002

maroonwalrus, Mar 01 2002


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