How hot should microwaves get?


#1

Not inside, like, but, you know around them?

I didn’t grow up with a microwave, but not I have one, and last night I noticed being near it seemed kind of warm, and the top and front were quite warm to the touch (not burning hot, but very noticeable). Is that bad?


#2

something about being roasting on the outsides and still frozen in the middle


#3

Sounds like it’s not very well (thermally) shielded. Is it old?

Microwaves don’t heat the air, so you’re either feeling heat radiating from the food inside, or from the electrics.


#4

hot enough to cook the food i reckon there pal.


#5

Science hot


#6

It’s only a year or so old, but was the cheapest one available on Amazon. I believe it’s a Daewoo.


#7

And the thing inside was a sealed tupperware bowl for steam sterilising baby bottles.


#8

Maybe it’s extremely humid where he microwaves?


#9

It’s probably just shit then.


#10

Is it dangerous? Shit I can cope with, filling me with tumours, not so much.


#11

Microwaves manufacturers claim that they need a stupid amount of ventilation space around them, to the extent that it would just sit in the middle of your worktop.

I don’t believe that.


#12

Mine is pretty close to the wall, with a cabinet right above it too.


#13

I’m not going to marckee this, but I highly, highly doubt that air at even 100% humidity is going to have a high enough concentration of water that stray microwaves from a domestic microwave could noticeably heat the air.


#14

It could be dangerous if it’s an electrical fault, but otherwise no.


#15

Well that’s reassuring. Cheers big ears.


#16

If I’m wrong and you die, please don’t haunt me on the toilet.


#17

Oh I’ve just read this. Is there enough water in there? Microwaves fry themselves if there’s no microwave absorber (i.e. water) in them.


#18

this doesn’t sound like a real science thing


#19

There should be the recommended 200ml, but I shall double check to make sure it hasn’t boiled off or whatever.


#20

Try it and see for yourself.