I wonder at what temperature teflon becomes hazardous?
I make my living fixing laminators that use a teflon coated heat shoe,
they run below 350 degrees most commonly under 300. if they are found
to be dangerous its time for a new job.
I used to fix machines that used methyl alcohol, that job ended when
the healt risks of methyl vapors was publicized. oddly enough its still
used today in windshield washer fluid.
but those oither machines all went to the landfill........
It is in excess of 500 degrees. You can get some specifics on the Dupont web
page about Teflon and birds. Normal cooking will not cause a problem, it is
often a pan left unattended and over heated. Even normal pans can cause ill
effects on birds as they have rather delicate respiratory systems.
Never preheat your cookware on high heat.
If accidentally overheated, non-stick cookware can emit fumes that may be
harmful to birds, as can any type of cookware preheated with cooking oil,
fats, margarine and butter. This is why you should always move your birds
out of the kitchen before cooking
You may also want to check out
I can't verify this information, but here is a chart that describes
what happens to Teflon at various temperatures, FWIW:
Keep in mind that when cooking, the "average temperature" of the pan is
not the highest temperature that is found at places in the pan where
food is absent.
"> Does anyone know of anyway to revitalize the non-stick property of the
From what I have been seeing and reading about Teflon, I'd suggest you
consider not using them, especially if the coating is damaged, at least
until more is known about the potential danger from Teflon coating.
On the morning news this AM the US government is recommending avoiding
Teflon pans as well as other exposure sources of the materials. They are
not saying there is a direct threat, but they are asking for a serious
decrease in the use of the material from which Teflon is made by the
My position is this. Fuck teflon. I don't need it one way or another.
Give me something without any fancy chemicals no matter how many
scientists say its ok. Who can you trust really?
Ill take cast iron. It can add trace amounts of iron to your food, but
thats actually a good thing. Also it can stop a bullet and if required,
take an intruder out in one swing. Try that with Teflon!
Teflon is nice on funky surfaces like grills and waffle irons. But its
just not needed.
"Then said I, Wisdom [is] better than strength: nevertheless the poor
Cast iron may not be as healthy as other people think either. The reason
for not sticking with cast iron is the carbon build-up (beside the addition
of oil). One would assume it is healthy, but if one is concerned with
safety in using Teflon, black carbon build-up in cast iron is probably more
a concern. No data on both.
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