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This toasting technique probably won't be much use on boats, but one of the first things I learnt at university in 1973 was how to toast crumpets on an electric wall fire, that being the standard heating the college provided. When it's off and cold, you twist paper clips around two of the horizontal metal wires of the safety guard, with one end sticking out, angled slightly upwards. So when a crumpet is pushed onto one or two of these paper clip ends, it stays on, and the fire will toast it. Watch it doesn't burn, remove and turn the crumpet halfway through, spread some butter on and that's it, lovely.

Some engineering student probably put quite a bit of thought into that design.

 

Nowadays I just have a toaster and use that.

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Yes, that's what I do. From memory I think my toaster draws about 60amps at 12v via the inverter but only for a few minutes so it's not going to kill the batteries. If your batteries can't handle that I suspect they're shot.

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12 hours ago, Peter X said:

This toasting technique probably won't be much use on boats, but one of the first things I learnt at university in 1973 was how to toast crumpets on an electric wall fire, that being the standard heating the college provided. When it's off and cold, you twist paper clips around two of the horizontal metal wires of the safety guard, with one end sticking out, angled slightly upwards. So when a crumpet is pushed onto one or two of these paper clip ends, it stays on, and the fire will toast it. Watch it doesn't burn, remove and turn the crumpet halfway through, spread some butter on and that's it, lovely.

Some engineering student probably put quite a bit of thought into that design.

 

Nowadays I just have a toaster and use that.

The gas fires in my college accommodation all had similarly adapted paper clips attached to the front grill.

Went back a few years ago and the gas fires had all been removed.  How are the students of today supposed to toast crumpets on a radiator?

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Indeed! My research suggests that students of today do seem to have other crumpet-related problems...

 

This article features one who is apparently scared of them, or rather of anything with repetitive patterns of holes:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-48058863

 

There's a forum for students, which is helpful...

This is quite a discussion of what to put on top (no mention of how they cook them):

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=4752938

Hummus!? Come on students of today, what's wrong with traditional butter? That's about all we ever used in my day.

 

However here's quite an entertaining topic about whether crumpets can be eaten raw, which does include some discussion of how to cook them. It appears that your average modern student has no electric/gas wall fires, but access to a kitchen including a microwave oven:

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=312268

How do some of these people get into university? I loved their OP's comment "Im starving, I have no way to heat them up, will I die?"!

 

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1 hour ago, Peter X said:

Indeed! My research suggests that students of today do seem to have other crumpet-related problems...

 

This article features one who is apparently scared of them, or rather of anything with repetitive patterns of holes:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-48058863

 

and she is a graphic designer, I wonder how she sects her jobs, nothing with a row of holes in it 

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1 hour ago, Peter X said:

How do some of these people get into university? I loved their OP's comment "Im starving, I have no way to heat them up, will I die?"!

 

Most Universitys (Polys) will let anyone in nowadays. Many degrees often are not worth the paper they are printed on. It's all about getting any sort of degree on the CV. 

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On 12/11/2019 at 00:20, nicknorman said:

That’s what we do. Dull, innit!

We do too, but not inverter we use the Travel power if not on shoreline.

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1 minute ago, mrsmelly said:

We do too, but not inverter we use the Travel power if not on shoreline.

You start your engine just to make toast?

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Just now, rusty69 said:

You start your engine just to make toast?

No, we are on shoreline at present but if not then we do toast if engine is running. Its a terrible chore, I have to tun a key that instantly starts the engine then throw two switches that take half a second each to engage the travel power. Why? dont tell me you are without a travel power :o

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2 minutes ago, mrsmelly said:

No, we are on shoreline at present but if not then we do toast if engine is running. Its a terrible chore, I have to tun a key that instantly starts the engine then throw two switches that take half a second each to engage the travel power. Why? dont tell me you are without a travel power :o

Travel power....nah! We haven't even got LiFePo4's yet.

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13 minutes ago, mrsmelly said:

We do too, but not inverter we use the Travel power if not on shoreline.

Does your travelpower run that hot then, you can do toast on it?

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Just now, peterboat said:

Rayburns make fantastic toast in the winter and the toaster does an ok job the rest of the time 

TBH doesn't sound likely. Anything with 'Burns' in is bound to end in tears (who said LiFePo4):giggles:

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13 minutes ago, rusty69 said:

TBH doesn't sound likely. Anything with 'Burns' in is bound to end in tears (who said LiFePo4):giggles:

What do you not like about the bard (poet) Robbie Burns? Who's best know work is sung across the land 'Auld Lang Syne'.

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Campatoaster

 

We've used one of these on a gas hob for the last few years.  It really does produce excellent toast/crumpets, though I'm certain we didn't pay as much as Amazon are currently asking!

 

 

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15 minutes ago, nbfiresprite said:

What do you not like about the bard (poet) Robbie Burns? Who's best know work is sung across the land 'Auld Lang Syne'.

Just about everything.:)

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