1) and determine why it blew (over-heating / usually a Vent problem)
2) you tell me:
So you're saying it's okay as long as I'm careful......
I kid, I kid! We held off on the laundry until today when I was able to get the new safety thermostat from Repair Clinic. Works like a charm.
I'll keep an eye on the venting, though I checked it pretty thoroughly and there are not any blockages currently. We've had the dryer in place for just over a year, so I can't imagine that the length or layout of the vent pipe suddenly became an issue.
Is there anything else I need to check? I'd rather not have to keep a bucket of these thermostats on hand.