# Electronics used for cooking

I have a project where I want to be able to cook food (very similar to a crock pot). What would anybody here recommend to use to convert AC to useable DC and what should I use to heat the food? Should I use cartridge heaters? How many watts would be OK? Also, I would need to turn on/off the heating element so what should I watch out for?

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If you are asking this question, I question if you have the knowledge necessary to safely to complete this project. –  Brian Carlton Jul 8 '11 at 17:38

Consider buying a crock pot of suitable size (should only be US$15-$30, less than if you try to construct one from your own parts) and modify it as necessary to automatically turn on/off the AC power to meet your cooking needs.