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Old 06-28-2016, 09:24 PM   #1451
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Microwaves also do not work as well in cold environments, and can even explode their turn tables if you use them around freezing
Microwaves work fine in the cold. Microwave ovens have issues because when the parts inside the oven (turn tables, platters, etc) heat they heat unevenly (because no microwave oven heats anything evenly). If they are cold enough, the now hot parts expand faster than the rest of the platter, and thus explode.
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Old 06-28-2016, 09:37 PM   #1452
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So how do you avoid that when your microwave oven is in a cool environment? That would be something survivors would definitely want to know
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Old 06-29-2016, 07:11 AM   #1453
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So how do you avoid that when your microwave oven is in a cool environment? That would be something survivors would definitely want to know
Microwave a large bowl of water first. And by large, I mean one that covers the platter. This way the water heats up and the steam and hot air can slowly warm the microwaves interior.


But really, unless you leave the microwave out in freezing weather, you should generally be okay.
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Old 06-29-2016, 08:38 AM   #1454
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I plan on having a "cold armageddon" for my Aeon D-Team campaign and it got me thinking about what sort of things might affect players in such a game.
Regarding eating more... how about letting people regain FP lost from cold by eating a meal?
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Old 06-29-2016, 11:22 AM   #1455
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So how do you avoid that when your microwave oven is in a cool environment? That would be something survivors would definitely want to know
... Just don't use one with a glass platter. Either replace it with a microwave-safe plastic, or use one of the microwaves that don't use a turntable at all because they have an internal "mixer bar" that evens out the heating. About as well as the turntable does, anyways. The mixer bar isn't glass, and it's better shielded from environmental conditions.

I'd never seen a microwave with a turn table until I moved out, and my mother had THREE in the kitchen (serious believer in microwave cooking). I get the impression they're a little more expensive, but I've since seen so many turntables break and I haven't seen a microwave with a mixer break.
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Old 06-29-2016, 01:17 PM   #1456
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I'd never seen a microwave with a turn table until I moved out, and my mother had THREE in the kitchen (serious believer in microwave cooking). I get the impression they're a little more expensive, but I've since seen so many turntables break and I haven't seen a microwave with a mixer break.
Weird. I've had the same microwave, with a turntable and a glass platter, for 26 years, and it's just fine. It is fairly low-powered, at 600W.
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Old 06-29-2016, 08:36 PM   #1457
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Weird. I've had the same microwave, with a turntable and a glass platter, for 26 years, and it's just fine. It is fairly low-powered, at 600W.
My microwave is overpowered. I always have to reduce the power level to 80% to prevent food from exploding. One of these days I'll have to figure out how to make this a permanent change!
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Old 06-29-2016, 08:51 PM   #1458
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I spent a winter without heat, so I wound up getting to see firsthand 'what happens when you try to microwave things when the temperature is in the thirties?'

Fortunately this was in Texas where it didn't actually get cold or it could have gotten unpleasant, but the microwave turn table exploding was a highlight
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Regarding eating more... how about letting people regain FP lost from cold by eating a meal?
That's not a bad idea. A hot meal is good as a fire in some cases.
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That's not a bad idea. A hot meal is good as a fire in some cases.
Warming from the inside is certainly more effective and faster than from the outside.
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