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Spit rod constantly fell out of track on one side during rotation and motor is very loud -- returned to Amazon
on February 1, 2014
I was really psyched about purchasing this rotisserie and looking forward to all the great meals I would cook in it but after only two uses, I have returned this product to Amazon. The rotisserie spit rod continually fell out of the track on one side when it turned and the motor/gear was incredibly loud.
I used the unit twice, both times to make chicken. The first time, I cooked a single 5 lbs chicken. I followed the instructions for trussing the chicken (I used my own cotton string though), put it on the spit rod and attempted to slide it onto the tracks. I say attempted because I had a hard time getting the rod to stay in the track and not fall down on one side or the other. It was like the rod was just barely long enough to catch on the very edge of the track and if it wasn't perfectly centered, it was able to slide down on one side. I finally got it to balance and set the timer. As soon as it started, I noticed how loud the motor was -- that could get really annoying! After about 1/2 dozen rotations, the spit rod fell out of the track on one side. I stopped the oven, pulled it out, repositioned it and restarted the oven. This happened two more times before it finally balanced properly and was able to complete its cooking cycle. I have to say though the chicken was fantastic, very moist and flavorful.
Two days later I attempted to use the unit for the second time but with two 4 lbs chickens. I followed the instructions, got the rod to balance in the track, turned the oven on and after only two rotations the spit rod fell out of the track on one side. I spent the next 20 minutes taking the chickens on and off the rod, trying to get the rod to balance -- keep in mind the oven is getting hot, these raw seasoned chickens are becoming warm and it was making quite a mess. I finally gave up when the rod fell off yet again and became wedged. I was able to get the spit rod out (burned myself on the oven in the process), took the chickens off the rod and cooked them in my regular oven. BTW, the motor seemed even louder with the weight of two chickens, I can't even imagine what it would sound like with a 15 lbs turkey!
I am really disappointed this didn't function as advertised because like I said, the one chicken I was able to cook in it was really delicious. The manufacturer needs to look at the spit rod length and make it longer so it can't drop out of the track.