After complaints to the manufacturer about the front fascia panel and knobs
getting far too hot (oven door closed), one of Cannon's own engineers has
now tested my 3-month old cooker and found the front temperature measured
well below the maximum allowed, according to BS EN60/335/216 Section 11.101.
He showed me his printed sheet with all the max temperatures that engineers
have to go by (vitreous enamel, metal & paint, glass & ceramic, plastic).
'Vitreous enamel' is max 90c including ambient temp in room of 25c. After
30 mins at Mk5 (200c), he read "an average of 53c", - one spot showed 68c.
With the max allowed of 90c, my reading at 53c may sound relatively cool but
it's not - you practically burn your hands and fingers if you touch the
fascia (and plastic knobs) for more than a few seconds - and that's why I
contacted them in the first place.
How those (HSE?) people that set the maximum temperatures arrive at 90c for
vitreous enamel, beats me. If the cooker was on at Mk 5 for half an hour or
more in any public showroom, I bet there'd be a few 'very hot and
not-to-touch' warnings around.
(Btw, other than the above, I've no complaints about the cooker - it's
The very hot fascia part is the 9cm high panel which backs the very hot 6
knobs and very hot ignition button - I may not have made that too clear.
Both the oven door, and oven handle - there's a gap of nearly 4cm between
the oven handle and drop-down glass door- I've not found to be a problem,
and one expects the glass door to be very hot when the oven's well on, and
you don't touch it.
I think I'll try and find the relevant BS pages and possibly write to them.
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