My husband and I have been fixing steel cut oats in a small Chefmate(1.5 qt.)crockpot for several years now.
We have a timer set to come on at 3 am and it's ready to eat by 7am. Our ratio is 2 cups water to
1/2 cup of oats....on warm which is the lowest setting on ours. To clean up, I just put hot soapy water in to soak the removable crockpot insert and it's a breeze. We add bananas, walnuts, fresh berries if we have them, ground flax seed, and a little honey to the cooked oatmeal. We haven't tried the dried cranberries or apricots, but that sounds tasty, too. I don't see the need for the salt. My husband's cholesterol has dropped 60 points!