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    Default What am I doing wrong?

    We have moved house and Ive gone from gas fan forced oven, to electric with no fan.

    The heating element is in the bottom of this oven.

    Every time I try to bake something in this oven, it burns on the bottom. Turning things help, but when its a cake or something, not so much, I end up with a burnt bottom every time.

    What am I doing wrong?!

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    Default Re: What am I doing wrong?

    Are you always preheating the oven? I find stuff burns in our oven if I don't preheat as I think the element must be cranked up while heating so if I put anything in at that stage it burns the bottom.

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    Out of curiosity is it a chef ebc5231w? Or similar?

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    Try placing higher up in the oven. Also get an oven thermometer to check what your oven is actually doing. I found mine has to be cranked up by 15 degrees, yours may need turning down.

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    Meow, yes I am preheating it. For at least 15 minutes, usually more though.

    Sepata - its a Westinghouse Kimberley, from what I have read on the internet it seems to be a problem across the board.

    Astrid - thanks, so far cooking much higher in the oven has helped. I will definitely see to getting a thermometer to check out what it is actually doing though.

    Very frustrating!

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    Oh I feel your pain, ours does the same!!!
    Only trick that works for me is, to turn the temp down, lower then what the food needs to be cooked at, and bake it longer!

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    We had a cheap electric with no fan oven in the house we rented before we bought our house and it was exactly the same. Nothin I could do could make it cook we'll cause it was a piece of c****

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    Sounds like a thermostat problem. I think you need someone to look at the oven.

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    Ours was put in brand new while we lived there. It was just the cheapest oven money could buy

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    Default Re: What am I doing wrong?

    Not sure if it could help, but it has with us before, I used to put an oven tray with nothing on it on the rack below where I was cooking the food, and had the good higher up. Seemed to help displace the uber hot rays or something and distribute it a bit better.

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    Default Re: What am I doing wrong?

    My old oven did the same. I use to have to put the food i wanted to cook on top of another tray that had a water bath in it to prevent things from brning. Was so frustrating that i hardly used the oven.

    When the new one got installed we use it at least twice a week.

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    Default Re: What am I doing wrong?

    Maybe thermostat? When we moved into this place last year we had to get our thermostat replaced. Works great now

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    I can't see anything being replace on it. So far so good with moving things upwards though.


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