Kitchen refurb


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fred

I fancy putting a warming drawer in my new kitchen but am baulking a bit
at the price of £300-400. Has anyone considered DIYing one in a regular
drawer?

First thoughts are for a sealed, insulated and moisture resistant
carcass pocket with simple a thermostatically controlled air circulator
in a compact hair drier stylee. Then have a metal drawer set fitting in
that with an insulated and sealed door set.

I can see release of contaminants from greased bearings on the runners
being an issue as they would be in the heated pocket but imagine
something could be done there, even just running them dry.

Temps are low, below 80degC.

Any other thoughts?
 
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Jim K

I fancy putting a warming drawer in my new kitchen but am baulking a bit
at the price of £300-400. Has anyone considered DIYing one in a regular
drawer?

First thoughts are for a sealed, insulated and moisture resistant
carcass pocket with simple a thermostatically controlled air circulator
in a compact hair drier stylee. Then have a metal drawer set fitting in
that with an insulated and sealed door set.

I can see release of contaminants from greased bearings on the runners
being an issue as they would be in the heated pocket but imagine
something could be done there, even just running them dry.

Temps are low, below 80degC.

Any other thoughts?
oven on low for 30mins?

Jim K
 
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fred

Jim said:
oven on low for 30mins?
Yes, that is an option but the plans are for 3 ovens already and no
spares ;-)

If anyone's interested, it's one built-in single for big stuff and a
built-in double with the upper for use as a dedicated grill and the
lower for use as the day to day economical oven.

The warmer is to make life easier and since there's room, why not? Prob
better economy too as I'd probably only put 100-200 watts in it.
 
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meow2222

I fancy putting a warming drawer in my new kitchen but am baulking a bit
at the price of £300-400. Has anyone considered DIYing one in a regular
drawer?
First thoughts are for a sealed, insulated and moisture resistant
carcass pocket with simple a thermostatically controlled air circulator
in a compact hair drier stylee. Then have a metal drawer set fitting in
that with an insulated and sealed door set.
I can see release of contaminants from greased bearings on the runners
being an issue as they would be in the heated pocket but imagine
something could be done there, even just running them dry.
Temps are low, below 80degC.
Any other thoughts?
Simplest is a celotex lined drawer with a couple of bulb holders & a thermometer. You can pick bulb wattages later to get whatever temp you want. Add a 12v computer fan on a 6v wart to circulate the air. Top can just be a piece of celotex you lift off. Can be used for drying foods too.


NT
 
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harry

I fancy putting a warming drawer in my new kitchen but am baulking a bit
at the price of £300-400. Has anyone considered DIYing one in a regular
drawer?

First thoughts are for a sealed, insulated and moisture resistant
carcass pocket with simple a thermostatically controlled air circulator
in a compact hair drier stylee. Then have a metal drawer set fitting in
that with an insulated and sealed door set.

I can see release of contaminants from greased bearings on the runners
being an issue as they would be in the heated pocket but imagine
something could be done there, even just running them dry.

Temps are low, below 80degC.

Any other thoughts?
I think you stand a good chance of burning the place down at some
point in the future..
 
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fred

Muddymike said:
We have a warm cupboard!
Not by design but the kick space heater which runs off the central heating
is under the kitchen cupboard that we keep the plates in.
Result. Fairly warm plates straight from the cupboard!
Well, that shows that simple could work, a metal base with some power
resistors stuck on the underside could provide the heat and an open wire
mesh drawer could hold plates or food containers to keep warm. It's
keeping food warm before serving that makes moisture proof construction
important.

Think having the C/H on to warm the plates may be a bit excessive but I
do have plans to feed hot air into a tumble drier from a variation on a
C/H fed kickspace heater.
 
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