The other night when I was cooking something, a lot of hot grease got
accidentally spilled down into the oven. I didn't think much about it
(such things happen), but whn I went to cook a few steaks today both
top and bottom burners would only slightly heat up. The top burners
After I found a flashlight I looked into the oven and found some
craacked material on the bottom of the oven that looked ceramic, but
what really surprised me was that I found a small steel knife lying
across the arms of the burner, maybe shorting the terminals. I don't
know where the knife came from-- it had no wood or plastic handle--
just bare steel; the shank had three holes with rivets dangling in
each hole. It's the strangest thing I have ever seen.
Not strange because it's a weird knife, but strange because I ha never
seen it before and I don't know how it could sitting across the
terminals like that; it sure wasn't there when I put in a new element
just before Thanksgiving. Does anyone know what the hell is going on
here? Why neither the bottom nor the broiler burners would work? And
most importantly, how to fix this perversely silly situation?
On Fri, 10 Jun 2011 16:59:21 -0400, email@example.com wrote:
He may have been referring to a gas stove.
I guess not. I just stripped an electric stove** down to all its
constituent parts. Removed and saved, at least temporarily, all the
electric parts. I didn't see any fuses. Where are they?
**32 years old.
Last time I needed to replace one it was in a panel in the part at
the top/back where the clock and controls are. That was in the stove
we replaced a couple of years ago - It has about a dozen fuses (more
than 6, anyway)
Just checked my new Frigidaire smooth-top and it only has 2 fuses -
for the outlets - so it looks like some do, and some don't - and some
"kinda do" These fuses are "under the control panel cover"
My guess is that's not a steel knife - it just looks like one. It was
probably a knife-shaped support bracket underneath the ceramic material that
burned off. Take a picture of the item and post it.
An unknown knife getting into you oven is odd enough - but not having any
remnants of a handle pushes the odds of it being a knife into the "highly
unlikely" range. It's actually a common mistake in human, machine and even
dog intelligence. There is a tendency to almost always try to define
objects in terms of something we've seen before. We expect the expected and
sometimes force the unexpected into a past category when it's actually
something completely new.
Examine the 'knife' more closely - try to find a diagram of the unit on the
I was hoping you were right as that would make a lot more sense. But
unfortunately, you seem to be dead wrong: examining the blade closely
shows the words "Good Cook," a manufacturing company that makes
That makes no sense at all. I don't now what happened to knife's
handle, I don't know where the damn thing came from or how it could
possibly get down on the lower burner element and in the space of time
between the last time I cooked with the oven and a day or so later
when the oven isn't working. A mystery. And I hate mysteries.
Your oven have a self-cleaning cycle? A wood-handled knife could easily
burn off a handle over several cleanings, and only shorted out the works
when the last bit of wood vaporized. Some types of plastic could as
well, but most of those would stink like mad.
No... I made meatloaf a couple of days before and there was nothing
but grease at the bottom of the stove; that was the only thing prone
to burning. The oven is an old pice of junk that doesn't have self-
cleaning, And unfortunately, it also doesn't have two working heating
It hasn't been there for years. As I said earlier, I had replaced the
lower burner literally the day before [last] Thanksgiving. The stove
wasn't new; it was given to us by somebody who thought it was a better
replacement for the one we had--- but it wasn't.
That aside, this is a bizarre and utterly silly situation as the stove
was working fine three days ago. And because I had spilled some hot
grease inside, I thought there was a causal connection between the two
events: the spilled grease and the burner not working. But a knife is
not something that can be accidentally "spilled" anywhere: it has--
okay, it had-- to be *placed* there, especially right across the
terminals of the burner. There are two people in the house, me and my
82 year-old mother, and she is affilicted with no sense of humor. It
wouldn't occur to her to do something like that as a joke even if she
could get down on the floor and put a knife there.
Sigh... Too damn weird for words.
My weirdest story is quite different. In college in Chicago, I
bought a fancy bicycle at a police auction. It even had a working
speedometer. (Hot stuff in 1968.) When I moved to Brooklyn, I removed
it from the bike, sold the bike, and took the speedo with me. A
couple years later I wanted to install it on another bike, but the
flexible metal cable inside the metal sheath wasn't there. I'm careful
and I can't imagine how I lost it.
The next time I went to visit my mother, in Allentown Pa. she gave me
a cable that she had found in a shopping center parking lot. When she
had stopped to get it, her husband said, What do you want that for?
She said, MM might want it. It fit exactly. I spent years trying to
figure out if somehow I had stopped in Allentown on my way to Brooklyn
and dropped the cable in the parking lot, where my mother found it
years later. But I'm sure I didn't stop there, in addition to the
other problems with that idea.
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