Howdy, I have made crepes in pans for years. I heat the pan, butter it a bit, ladle in the batter, swirl, flip, and serve. Now, I am trying a Tibos crepe maker (because I wanted a much larger crepe) and am having no luck whatever... This machine is the home version of the more robust type used all over France. I am trying to use the "traditional" spreader (a wooden "rake" like thing.) I keep it wet prior to use. If I put any butter on the heated baking surface, any attempt to spread the batter causes it to just "pile up" preventing anything even remotely like the formation of a crepe. That would seem to happen because there is far too little friction between the baking surface (already non-stick) and the rapidly solidifying batter. If, instead, I leave the heated surface "dry" the attempts to spread the batter are only slightly better. No matter what I've tried, I cannot come close to spreading the batter to create a (reasonably) uniform crepe covering more than about half the baking surface. I would welcome any suggestions from folks who have succeeded with one of these crepe makers. Sincere thanks for any help, -- Kenneth If you email... Please remove the "SPAMLESS."