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Old 05-23-2004, 01:27 PM
Wesley Clark Wesley Clark is offline
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Is leaving the oven on dangerous

Assume you leave it on while you go to work because you forget to turn it off. Is it actually dangerous to do that? does it matter if its gas or electric in regards to danger? It seems like it would just internally regulate its temperature and not pose a threat.

What if you leave food in there, then is it dangerous? I dont know if there is a risk of the food catching on fire, but even if it did ovens are steel and (probably) fireproof so i'm sure they would contain and maybe suffocate the fire.

So is leaving an oven on dangerous? I dont know which forum to put this in (its too subjective to be a general question) so i'm putting it here.
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Old 05-23-2004, 01:55 PM
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It probably depends on the age and model of the oven. My mother left our oven on overnight. It just meant the kitchen was warm.


Leaving the toaster part of an oven on, with toast in it, that's another thing entirely. I have nearly set our old kitchen on fire, three times.
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Old 05-23-2004, 01:57 PM
Qadgop the Mercotan Qadgop the Mercotan is offline
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Leaving the toaster part of an oven on, with toast in it, that's another thing entirely. I have nearly set our old kitchen on fire, three times.
As noted in the Way of Mrs. Cosmopolite: "Those who do not learn from the past are condemned to burn down the kitchen".
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Old 05-23-2004, 02:13 PM
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The short answer is Yes. No appliance is infinitely infallible. Should the regulating thermostat fail, you have a very serious problem.

Regarding ovens being fireproof, that's a false conception. Ovens and related appliances are involved as the point of ignition in fires to a degree that they have their own listed factor on NFIRS: Careless Cooking.

Oh for a picture of the face someone displays at 0315 when they've come home from the pub, put some leftovers in the oven to reheat and then fell asleep. An hour or so later, building smoke detectors are howling, and I boot in the apartment door, awakening the errant cooker from the living room couch.
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Old 05-23-2004, 08:39 PM
Kneepants Erasmus, the Humanist Kneepants Erasmus, the Humanist is offline
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When the cold comes, and the heater goes, I have been known to leave the oven on with the door open. I suppose that makes a big difference (door being open).

Thus far I am still alive with roof over the head and such.
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Old 05-23-2004, 08:44 PM
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Never a good idea to leave the oven on when you're not home. Especially if something is cooking. This from someone who always checks the cooktop and the oven to make sure everything is off before leaving home even when he hasn't even turned the things on!
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Old 05-24-2004, 08:35 AM
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One day I arrived home to find my sister (who was then living with me) gone, the oven on, and an extremely crispy piece of what used to be pizza in the oven. She had put it in to heat up and forgot about it when her friends dropped by and took her with them. No harm was done to anything but the pizza, fortunately, but it's not really something I'd recommend doing.
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Old 05-24-2004, 08:44 AM
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I know a girl that reheated a pizza in the oven. Still in the cardboard box.
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Old 05-24-2004, 09:00 AM
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I know a girl that reheated a pizza in the oven. Still in the cardboard box.
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In theory, that should be OK...I've done it, but at temps of 350 degrees or less. You don't want to surpass the almighty 451F, or all your questionable books will burn.
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