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    Mat for warming tray - help please

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    After seeing Greg Wormalds "satay stick" mat in the "show us your tampers" thread I decided to see what I could find to suit my VBM (satay stick brown doesnt match my decor) and found a silicone heat mat, (bright red to match my yet to be aquired AFC cups and a nice contrast to the grey)

    The mat has been trimmed to fit, but now the question of the 28 hole-punch size holes in the metal, are they just cosmetic and can they be covered or do they provide ventilation to the innards and would cause problems if they were blocked by a nice thick layer of scratch-proof silicone heat mat?

    It would be a pain to do,but the holes can probably be done with a leather punch, just trying to save a visit to father in law (for the punch and 10th lesson on how to use it [smiley=angry.gif]) I have thought about cutting the strips out, but it wouldnt leave much in between and what was left probably wouldnt sit quite right.

    Any thoughts?

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    Re: Mat for warming tray - help please

    Im sure chris will jump in with the tech answer to this ;), but IMHO it would get way too hot in there, contributing to early elec component failure, not sure if condensation would also be an issue........the water tank would get REALLY warm, and i would at the very least your cups wouldnt get too warm either ;)

    I used a bamboo table runner cut down, ample room to breath, and soft enough to avoid any scratches......


    This is all only in my humble opinion.....

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    Re: Mat for warming tray - help please

    Thanks Sully, the internal heat is what I was concerned about, maybe the strips are the way to go.

    I sat the unmodified mat there for this afternoons brew and the heat seemed to pass through quite well. Not really looking to use it as a cup warmer, most of the household prefer big mugs, more as a scratch prevention measure for when things that shouldnt go there do.

    The red matches the gauges so nicely too.


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    Re: Mat for warming tray - help please

    I know some of us care more about bling than others.
    Im in the "I dont care" camp when it comes to the cup warming tray.
    I figure over the next 20 years or more I wont be able to avoid them entirely, so why bother.
    I look upon them as normal signs of everyday use.

    Just like Ive got a couple of grey hairs now, that add some distinction not detraction.


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    Re: Mat for warming tray - help please

    Quote Originally Posted by 0B0F293030352A3D325C0 link=1267781286/1#1 date=1267783083
    Im sure chris will jump in with the tech answer to this
    Ok, Ill jump...

    1. Place your cups down carefully and if you have tin cans which masquerade as cups, keep em away from your machine!
    2. Its a piece of metal which can easily and cheaply be polished/replated as required ;)

    A little care will allow you to leave your door mat at the front door and keep your floors clean *;D

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    Re: Mat for warming tray - help please

    Like Chris says.

    Go naked! Just be Gentle!




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    Re: Mat for warming tray - help please

    Quote Originally Posted by 625E4358525344515952360 link=1267781286/3#3 date=1267788861
    "I dont care"
    Quote Originally Posted by 62575A5D69755950505353360 link=1267781286/4#4 date=1267789294
    Its a piece of metal
    Quote Originally Posted by 44435850574542360 link=1267781286/5#5 date=1267793318
    Go naked! Just be Gentle!
    Cant do it :(i.....just.....cant! way too anal to scratch my cup warmer! ;)

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    Re: Mat for warming tray - help please

    Quote Originally Posted by 7C785E4747425D4A452B0 link=1267781286/6#6 date=1267793535
    Cant do it :( .....just.....cant! way too anal to scratch my cup warmer! Wink
    Just use individual circles of that non slip rubber stuff for each cup
    You probably only need 2 cups at most at home

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    Re: Mat for warming tray - help please

    Quote Originally Posted by 11160D05021017630 link=1267781286/5#5 date=1267793318
    Go naked! Just be Gentle!
    Quote Originally Posted by 6F4B424241417B6F4B57494B240 link=1267781286/7#7 date=1267794118
    Just use individual circles of that non slip rubber stuff for each cup *
    I am, its the unco 17 year old and his father that think anything coffee (milk jugs, knock box etc.) goes on the machine Arrgh >:( unfortunately both are too big to hit ;D

    If the mat wont do any damage, Ill stick with that during the education process :)

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    Re: Mat for warming tray - help please

    I currently use a black microfibre towel, its a style used in hair salons
    Note I dont have the heat exit holes covered

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    Re: Mat for warming tray - help please

    Quote Originally Posted by 1014322B2B2E312629470 link=1267781286/6#6 date=1267793535
    Cant do it :( i.....just.....cant! way too anal to scratch my cup warmer! ;)
    Anal?
    Im the auditor.
    Youve got it bad.


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    Re: Mat for warming tray - help please

    If you cant avoid covering the holes by strategic placement of the mat, how about raising it off the warming tray with something to allow some air circulation around the edges?

    I dont see the heat increase being a major issue (although Id keep track of it :o) as increased heat inside the case would cause the boiler to cycle slower (less heat loss!) and this would probably equalise to much the same temperature overall. Any water in the heated air would be nice to vent though.

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    Re: Mat for warming tray - help please

    Quote Originally Posted by 093C2B2919213C232F222A4E0 link=1267781286/11#11 date=1267836707
    I dont see the heat increase being a major issue (although Id keep track of it Shocked) as increased heat inside the case would cause the boiler to cycle slower (less heat loss!) and this would probably equalise to much the same temperature overall. Any water in the heated air would be nice to vent though.
    Venting heat is more about keeping the electrics cool
    To much heat will make them fail prematurely

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    Re: Mat for warming tray - help please

    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    Im just back from the supermarket (Woolies) where I picked up a "sushi rolling mat" (which is very similar to my hand-made "coffee cup heating rack mat") for the totally exhorbitant price of $1.24.

    The sticks are more widely spaced than my home-made "cchrm" and would let lots of air through, and at 21 cm by 24 cm could be a pretty reasonable fit.

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