|The shelf is the same size as the one the microwave sits on. The supports were tapered to give the illusion of space efficiency. Nobody will ever accuse me of being a cabinet maker.|
Mrs ERJ is OK with the size as long as I built a shelf above the microwave oven. Done! I am happy that I had all the "makings" at hand. Scrap 2-by-4s, deck screws, finishing nails, wood glue, luan ply...
A couple of observations regarding this particular unit:
- The switch is mis-wired. The upper heating element heats up when the switch is turned to "bottom heat" and vice versa. That may be the reason for the excellent price: Sometimes a seller will discount a known, "soft" defect suspecting that customers will be happy to work around if after they saved almost $100.
- The top-exterior of the unit heats up to 240 degrees Fahrenheit when the unit is set set to 450 degrees/convective.
- The top of the control panel with the dials heats up to 127 degrees F, which is uncomfortably warm, under the same conditions.
- The power cord is only about two feet long.
One picture in my head is to cook in the garage during the hottest days of the summer. It is stupid to heat up the house and then pay money for air conditioning. This gives us one more option.