I've been following the thread on cleaning a Zoji bread pan in a
dishwasher, and thought I should add my 2 cents.
For those of you who have a Zoji S-15 and might be considering putting
it in the dishwasher, I would like to recommend:
1. Turn the pan over on a counter. Take a GOOD look at the mechanism
on the bottom of the pan. You will notice a small C clip at the very
top (when it's inverted) of the post.
2. If you twist the post by hand you should notice it turns quite
smoothly. I'm assuming it's because there is a bushing or set of
bearings hidden somewhere inside those workings.
Now remember that C clip means the mechanizm can be quickly
dis-assembled. Are you still sure that it's waterproof? Ask someone
who is mechanically minded what might happen to bearings that are
subjected repeatedly to hot water. The owners manual notes clearly
that you are NOT to imerse the lower portion of the pan in water. That
should be all the proof you need.
About the Black and Decker Zoji lookalike.... I've noticed them myself
over the last year or so. It appears to me to be a very good 'copy' of
an S-15. The pan is not the same weight as the Zoji pan, and it's
missing the short neading post. This makes me thing that it's only
made to appear to be like an S-15. If someone has direct knowledge of
who makes these machines for Black and Decker, how about sharing the
Brian D. Ross
Calgary, Alberta, Canada