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Just moved into my student house for the year and have ran into quite the problem.... the oven temperatures have worn off?! How will I precisely cook my chicken and chips?!

So does anyone have this fine hotpoint oven themselves and can inform me of the temperature locations?!

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I don't have it, but you could find out what the maximum temperature is on the oven and work it out from there?

Or you could buy an oven thermometer.

http://www.lakeland.co.uk/11235/Oven...neimg' />s

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I haven't got a clue about the model or anything. I could only just tell that it was a hotpoint oven! Ahh buy?! madness :/
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(Original post by burgergetsbored)
Just moved into my student house for the year and have ran into quite the problem.... the oven temperatures have worn off?! How will I precisely cook my chicken and chips?!

So does anyone have this fine hotpoint oven themselves and can inform me of the temperature locations?!

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Emergency short term solution - take a gamble - crank the temperature dial round by about two thirds and see what that does.

Longer term get an oven thermometer and test the temperature at various points.
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Emergency short term solution - take a gamble - crank the temperature dial round by about two thirds and see what that does.

Longer term get an oven thermometer and test the temperature at various points.
This is my current approach. I think I got somewhere near last night.... but if I ever buy anything specialist that requires an unknown heat for a period of time....game over.
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This is my current approach. I think I got somewhere near last night.... but if I ever buy anything specialist that requires an unknown heat for a period of time....game over.
Just treat it as an extended game of salmonella/burnt food roulette. Embrace the unpredictability it brings to your life.
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This kind of thing is why I love TSR! My oven, which looks similar and is probably much the same as all ovens, goes from 100 degrees to 240 degrees in ten degree stages. If yours clicks as you turn the knob round, you can start at the bottom and count the clicks. 240 is the maximum I've ever seen on an oven. However, the oven thermometer is your best bet and a whinge to the landlord might be the best way of getting a free one, since he probably won't want the element burning out or the place setting on fire. (You can lay in on a bit thick!)
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Have to say, I never bother actually checking the temperature. Everything is cooked the same unless I'm baking brownies, and I just cut it open to see if it's done or not. Problem solved.
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This kind of thing is why I love TSR! My oven, which looks similar and is probably much the same as all ovens, goes from 100 degrees to 240 degrees in ten degree stages. If yours clicks as you turn the knob round, you can start at the bottom and count the clicks. 240 is the maximum I've ever seen on an oven. However, the oven thermometer is your best bet and a whinge to the landlord might be the best way of getting a free one, since he probably won't want the element burning out or the place setting on fire. (You can lay in on a bit thick!)
A clicking dial would be living the dream but sadly it's just a standard twisty one. Pretty average. 180 is the goal, if I can find that I'll be happy. My room is a whole staircase away see, so to keep checking would be a bit inconvenient. Well unless anyone has this exact oven and can provide proof it looks like I'll just have to risk it for now!
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Have to say, I never bother actually checking the temperature. Everything is cooked the same unless I'm baking brownies, and I just cut it open to see if it's done or not. Problem solved.
Living on the edge.
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Living on the edge.
It's a tough life in my kitchen. Gotta keep on your toes. :cool:
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Your best bet is either, to find out the model number and then download a manual from the Hotpoint website which should show you the dials - that's what I had to do last week for my new student kitchen oven. (See: http://www.hotpointservice.co.uk/hel...ce/find-model/ or you might have to just try Google Image searching something like "Hotpoint Oven Silver" and looking for the same oven which is essentially what I did to find out my model number).

Or, alternatively, you could get an oven thermometer, which is what we did in my undergrad student house. Our landlord provided us with one, so I would suggest asking your landlord to provide one. I don't think we ever really used it though, we just turned the dial to around 2/3 of the way round, which was about 200 degrees. In my new apartment, 200 is at 6 o'clock.

Or, if you don't want to do either of those, you just use a bit of trial and error. Most things cook at 180-200 degrees, and you won't go too wrong if you work out where that roughly is and just play it by ear! Just make sure to check your food to make sure it is thoroughly cooked!!
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(Original post by burgergetsbored)
A clicking dial would be living the dream but sadly it's just a standard twisty one. Pretty average. 180 is the goal, if I can find that I'll be happy. My room is a whole staircase away see, so to keep checking would be a bit inconvenient. Well unless anyone has this exact oven and can provide proof it looks like I'll just have to risk it for now!
Okay, if you can't achieve your dream of a clicky knob (where is this conversation going???) then I will add my next bit of useful observation. The numbers on my dial start at 3 o'clock and end just before 9 o'clock. 180 degrees is at 6 o'clock. Try to find the mid way point on your clickless knob....
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At a guess just turn it straight down, that should be around 180/200 degrees.
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Just checked my oven, 180 is about 6/7 o'clockish. Just check the chicken is cooked before you eat it!
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You do not need to know the oven temperatures, unless maybe you're cooking something that takes hours like a chicken. Just turn the dial all the way up and it will cook that much quicker.

Also pay no heed to the directions to "warm the oven first" - vital time you could be spending cooking the thing.
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Well I've either got a really rare oven that no one else has because I can't find it on google, or the oven is so bad no one wants to admit they have it. For now I'll stick to the 7 o clock ish area. Cheers for sharing your oven secrets with me!
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Well I've either got a really rare oven that no one else has because I can't find it on google, or the oven is so bad no one wants to admit they have it. For now I'll stick to the 7 o clock ish area. Cheers for sharing your oven secrets with me!
I am keen to be updated on the still frozen/charred to a cinder outcome of your first meal.
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You do not need to know the oven temperatures, unless maybe you're cooking something that takes hours like a chicken. Just turn the dial all the way up and it will cook that much quicker.

Also pay no heed to the directions to "warm the oven first" - vital time you could be spending cooking the thing.
This is exactly how I operate. As I moved out over a decade ago, and have managed so far not to kill myself, my husband, or my kids, I think there's method in our madness somewhere :-p
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I am keen to be updated on the still frozen/charred to a cinder outcome of your first meal.
Hi, I thought I'd update you on the cooking seeing as I've been living on the edge with it for a few months now. About 7 o clock seems to be 180 degrees. Only burnt a couple of pizzas so far but that was in the testing stage, everything else cooks fine now. It's nice to know I have a rough estimate of the 180 degree location now, I guess I'll never be certain though.
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