see but that's where your issue comes back even if you were to put something in there to cook. when something is cooking it is always "fighting the heat" per se. water is always evaporating/cooking the item so you can't really expect the temperature of your baked item to be the same temperature you are cooking at unitl its past cooked and starting to burn. does that make any sense to any one but me? your read on lets say, a cookie, probably wont be 350 degrees ever cause once that cookie ever actually gets to 350 it will probably be burnt to shit. the easiest, cheapest way to test would be to let it preheat to set temperature and then cook something (a pan of cookies from a roll really would be ideal) and see if they "turn out right" by following the instructions.