There is almost no difference. Electric elements certainly reach the
ignition temperature of almost anything that can be dropped or fall on
them. I can't imagine where leaving a gas burner on would be any
different than an electric element.
What makes you think a Gas stove left on will be any more or less likely to
start a fire than an electric? A burner with nothing on it? Neither should
start a fire. A burner with food on it? Either will get plenty hot enough to
start a fire. An oven? Either one should be regulated to a safe temperature
by the thermostat.
"PaPaPeng" < firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
On Thu, 26 Oct 2006 20:33:07 GMT, "JoeSpareBedroom"
Getting there. I am retired and live alone. I am normally pretty
alert. But on those two occassions I had episodes where I am in a
mental fog for weeks on end that I forgot even my own rule to always
finish whatever I am doing at the stove first before leaving the
kitchen. I have one of those "solid" pancake element stove where it
is hard to know if the stove is on unless the pot is aboil. During
those mental fog episodes I don't operate tools (eg.lawn mower, table
saw) or so something where I can get hurt. But one has gotta eat. I
don't have a car cuz' I don't use one enough to justify the expenses.
My bicycle is good for trips to the mall (groceries, library, Dollar
Store and MacDonalds, etc.) about 10 blocks away. There is a
humongous multiple big box store business park 20 blocks away. The
bus stop is just three houses away across my front door. Talkes me
downtown in 40 minutes to my favorite restaurants. Max 1.5 hours by
bus to anywhere cross town. I hardly of ever need to rent a car. For
emergencies there are friendly neighbors and relatives further away.
I never had to call in that favor yet. There is even a general
hospital 12 blocks away. I've got it made. No way will I ever move
I love cooking with a gas stove except for trying to SIMMER something on very
low heat. The perfect setup for me would be a cooktop with at least one electric
burner for that purpose. I also greatly prefer the ovens to be electric. They do
make combo units with gas burners and electric oven, but that doesn't quite
fufill my wish.
You just need a stove with a simmer burner..mine has a 5th tiny burner in
the center, turned down it barely keeps a pot warm..which is just perfect at
times. It goes MUCH lower than a normal burner.
I have heard that an electric oven is better, but I can't comment on that,
never had one.
Thanks, Mikey. I've seen those, but they still produce a hot spot that is a
problem for some delicate things. In my new kitchen I had a two burner electric
cooktop with infinite temp control installed for this purpose. I used to put a
heavy iron plate over a gas burner, but it was not as user friendly.
On Fri, 27 Oct 2006 21:35:38 -0500, "Steve Barker LT"
I have come across lots of house fires started by candlelit dinners
and parties, by candlelit ranges, flame warmed fondue pots and of
course by gas ranges. I won't have an open flame anywhere in my
house. No cigarette smoking. Its just one of those safety and peace
of mind things. If its not there I don't have to worry about it or
have to make allowance for it (as in safety practices I have to take
into account when I light a candle.) I bet this Halloween will see
several house fires from candlelit pumpkins.
On Sun, 29 Oct 2006 19:56:10 -0600, "Steve Barker LT"
In my original post I said gas heating is the only gas equipment I
will have. Its fast, clean, cheap and practically maintenance free.
My hot water heater is gas too. These two items of equipment are well
shielded and safe.
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