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Safe outside Temp for Crock Pots?

Commented on December 16, 2013
Created December 15, 2013 at 1:31 AM

I just received a crock pot and have been using it in my garage for beef tallow. However, the temp in my garage can reach lows of around 28 degrees F in the winter. I'm wondering if, on the low setting, my crock pot should be able to quickly reach a safe cooking temp despite a cold external environment?

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on December 16, 2013
at 04:55 AM

Yes... I would agree that "cooking" & "garage" are not two things I typically would put together. But it would also depend on the state of said garage. :)

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on December 16, 2013
at 04:45 AM

Sorry you wasted the time looking for fire without seeing smoke. Didn't Chicago burn down from a kicked over Crock pot? You are probably right, however cooking in the garage stills seems wrong.

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on December 16, 2013
at 03:39 AM

This is a crock pot (~300 watts) not a space heater (1500 watts) Ignition of a fuel source might be a problem if the crock pot was on the the garage floor. (This is the reason water heaters in garages are placed on platforms ~18" to 24" above the garage floor). I just spent some time looking for crock pot caused fires and found none .....

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on December 16, 2013
at 03:39 AM

@samc your paranoia is showing..... There is absolutely nothing wrong with wrapping or cover a crock pot with a towel when the outside temp is 28F! I'm not suggesting mummifying the crock pot, just adding a bit of convection reducing insulation. Even when I do this at 70F room temp... the outside of the crock pot (when set on low) never gets too hot to touch.

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on December 15, 2013
at 05:04 PM

Here is my different take on the subject. If the odor of something cooking turns you off, why do you want to eat it? One of the other answers recommends wrapping in a towel, not something you should do with an electrical appliance. Also keep in mind that some garages are prone to leaks of fuel or natural gas from heat sources and those will pool and can be sparked by electrical devices. All in all I'd stay out of the garage with this process.

Just me being a safety nazi, I admit that. LOL

F291857fa12a0291688ea994343156dc

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on December 16, 2013
at 03:39 AM

@samc your paranoia is showing..... There is absolutely nothing wrong with wrapping or cover a crock pot with a towel when the outside temp is 28F! I'm not suggesting mummifying the crock pot, just adding a bit of convection reducing insulation. Even when I do this at 70F room temp... the outside of the crock pot (when set on low) never gets too hot to touch.

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on December 15, 2013
at 03:37 PM

We had ours out in the shed during mid 20's weather last week and it had no problem holding temperature for our bone broth. I imagine it used a bit more electricity, though!

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F291857fa12a0291688ea994343156dc

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on December 15, 2013
at 08:12 AM

An outside temp of 28F is pretty low and the low setting on a crock pot doesn't put out a lot of heat. A very low outside temperature will create additional heat loss... one way to over come this problem is to wrap the crock pit with a towel & cover it as well. Or try the high setting. There are other models of crock pots that allow temperature adjustment. Test the tallow temp.

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