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Any Experience with Roaster Ovens?

My nephew's partner just bought a Sunbeam 16 qt roaster oven which is supposed to be able to roast a 20 pound turkey, so that her oven is free for the sides for Thanksgiving.

I don't find any reviews of this model in spite of it coming up in searches, so I wonder if it's either too old or too new to have real reviews.

But I'm wondering if you've had experience with roaster ovens in general. Can they really roast a big turkey? How large a bird have you roasted in one? Would she be better off cooking sides in the oven? Do they get really hot on the outside during the long time needed to roast a big turkey?

Any information, suggestions, or cautions you have would be helpful.

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