Product: Microwave
turn-alone   (+6, -3)  [vote for, against]
Stand-alone turntable for microwave ovens

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
The wind-up kind [robinism, Feb 16 2005]

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

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


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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