I decided to make ice cream today, had everything in the ice cream maker and the motor froze. At least my dog got an indulgent treat, I just poured the ice cream mix in her food pan. $20 gone. Next time I will check the motor first. Dont you just hate it when you think you are gonna make something and it fails? I recall thinking I would take the easy way out and use my propane grill on a tri tip. The bottle ran out,, I ended up with a real fire. But you cant do that with ice cream. *sigh*.