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    Any one noticing a trend of kitchen fires started by K-Cup or Keurig machines? A friend suffered a melt down of his unit and near fire, google search turned up several incidents of small fires. These things are everywhere, and most of us leave them on 24/7 so there is a high potential, wondering if this is a start of a trend?
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    My area has not seen any of such fire's. I hope your wrong because my K-cup machine hasn't been shut off sense I bought the thing.
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    Wow... didn't hear about these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fire304 View Post
    Any one noticing a trend of kitchen fires started by K-Cup or Keurig machines? A friend suffered a melt down of his unit and near fire, google search turned up several incidents of small fires. These things are everywhere, and most of us leave them on 24/7 so there is a high potential, wondering if this is a start of a trend?


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    That's what they get for drinking trendy coffee.

    Who drinks one cup of coffee anyways? Make a pot of Dunkin. Drink like a man.

    Seriously though, have not heard of any trouble with these things. We serve a very "Austin-like-trendy-Suburb" if there was a problem with these things I would imagine half a neighborhood would be burned down.
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    This was found in Amazon's customer forum:
    Ms. Cellaneous says:
    I haven't called them yet but here's what happened:
    We've been using the 70 for at least 6 months now. There have been some problems as mentioned in the reviews, but mostly we love it. We made an after dinner brew and went to the backyard for some evening fun. At one point, I went back inside and heard an awful beeping...then I saw it - it was the Keurig - there was water all over the counter and floor and the plastic water holder and lid had melted! I bravely pulled the plug and knew that at any moment it could have caught on fire from the burning heat. We did nothing different then we have everyday since we bought it. Thank g-d we were home! Not to mention our pets! OMG it was terrifying. I can't wait to hear how Keurig responds. I guess the best advice is to unplug it after every use. Anyone else hear of this?
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    This was found at the Bed Bath and Beyond customer feedback on a B70 machine:
    Keurig coffee maker caught on fire
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    I have had my Keurig coffee maker for less than a year, and on Thanksgiving day smoke came out of it. The smoke was such a strong odor that I could smell it throughout my entire home! I am just glad that I was home at the time to unplug the machine that happened to be turned off at the time it started smoking. If you have one of these machines, keep it unplugged all the time, unless if you are using it to make a cup of coffee. And fill out you warranty card and be prepaired for it to catch on fire. I looked online and several people have complained that these coffee makers catch on fire.
    Link: http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/prod...&sku=14385797&
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    From a 3rd party consumer web site "survivinglifesinsanity"
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    My Keurig just stopped working. The unit got very hot, the light was no longer lit so I unplugged it. I was very worried about a fire. I have had the unit since Christmas and have used it daily since without any problems. Now it is totally fried. I am not at all happy.

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    From a coffee review website 1cup-coffeemaker.net

    In many cases, the machine has lasted even less than a year. In spite of taking proper care the machine sometimes take almost ten minutes to heat the water for the next cup of coffee. Most customers were terribly upset by this. We found one instance where the machine caught fire while brewing was on. Fortunately, there were no casualties, but the machine was completely destroyed.
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    Another customer review at Amazon

    In reply to an earlier post on Aug 7, 2008 1:57:11 PM PDT
    Wendi N. Bertelsen says:
    Get a Tassimo. I had a Keurig B60 - used it 10 times and than it shorted out and burned down my house killing my dogs. I had a tassimo for 3 years prior to this and never had any problems. You may want to wait until September 2008 for the NEW design of the BOSCH Tassimo...it looks pretty sleek.
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    At this point its just a few incidents here and there, I wonder if I put effort into searching for a Mr Coffee fire I'd find the same numbers of problems, but I think since so many of us leave the K-Cup machine on all the time there is a higher risk factor, usually you are home when you turn the Mr Coffee on...
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    HOLY CRAP!!

    I hated the machine when my wife first got it but over time I learned to love it.

    I knew that machine was evil....I should have went with my gut. Our machine never shuts off but we have Kuerig Platinum, which must make all the difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dickey View Post
    HOLY CRAP!!

    I hated the machine when my wife first got it but over time I learned to love it.

    I knew that machine was evil....I should have went with my gut. Our machine never shuts off but we have Kuerig Platinum, which must make all the difference.
    I love my platinum..

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    Haven't heard of any fires with the Kuerig Coffee Machine. I've had mine for over two years and no a single hiccup.......
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    There are two solenoids that are charged when the machine is plugged it. It does not have to be turned on. Those solenoids overheat and can melt. They have upgraded the solenoids but that still does not resolve the issue of them always being charged. There are cases where the solenoid has shorted and cause the transformer in the brewer to fail also.

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    have you tried the green mountain nantucket blend... kona blend is delicious though

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    I'm not sure if it still holds true, but for years the coffee pot in the kitchen was the most likely cause of fire due to cheap quality manufacturing and the heating necessity. I've always unplugged my coffeemakers after use in a sort of OCD way, I guess I'll stick to that practice. The one cup brewers are so fast that setting a timer for a cup to be waiting is no longer a big deal.

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    I've had one plugged in for 4 years now....still working fine.
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    I doubt many residents in my territory has even heard of a Keurig machine, let alone have one.
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