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Title: fire! fire! fire!
Post by: pumpkinbear on May 02, 2007 03:03:23 PM
So let's say that you make reclaimed crayons using a cute little plastic ice cube tray with heart shapes in it. And let's say that you do this project in the oven, because the plastic ice cube tray is totally fine as long as you keep the oven temp to 200 degrees or less. Totally fine, yes, totally fine.

However, do not turn off the oven and then leave the plastic ice cube tray with half-melted crayons in it, thinking, "Ha! I'll save energy by letting the crayons melt as the oven cools down! I am so eco!" Don't do this, because you will forget about the ice cube tray. The next day, you will make sugar cookies with your toddler. You will preheat the oven. Later, as you're rolling out the dough, you will hear a bang and acrid smoke will begin to pour from the oven throughout the house. You'll have to wake the baby from her nap, flee outside with everyone, and sit in the yard while you call your husband on the cell and explain that he has to come home from work because the oven is on fire and if you have to breathe acrid smoke it will probably contaminate your breastmilk.

I really had a hankering for sugar cookies, too.


Title: Re: fire! fire! fire!
Post by: Patrick_Craftrick on May 02, 2007 03:47:40 PM
It is a good thing that everyone made it outside ok and that nothing other than the oven caught on fire.

I was preheating the oven one day.  I opened the oven door to find my heating element had broken and was now dripping molten metal all over the floor of the oven.  It was a good thing that we were moving out of that place when it happened.


Title: Re: fire! fire! fire!
Post by: CrAzYhOuSe on May 02, 2007 06:31:34 PM
I'm glad everyone made it out ok and nothing else burned. After saying that I had to snicker. That is something I would totally do. I forget everything, especially when it comes to the oven. I now open the oven look in, then turn the oven on.


Title: Re: fire! fire! fire!
Post by: Haylie on May 02, 2007 06:37:07 PM
Aww, glad no one was hurt!  I must say I too am guilty of leaving things on and in the oven....like the time I tried to make soup, and thought I'd get on the computer while I waited for the water to boil...and then came upstairs to find all the water evaporated, the handle smoking...


Title: Re: fire! fire! fire!
Post by: Ta2oodmama on May 02, 2007 09:29:47 PM
oh my gosh! I've done that EXACT same thing!!!!! no joke! breastfeeding and EVERYTHING! LOL! I'm so happy that everyone is okay!


Title: Re: fire! fire! fire!
Post by: very_vizsla on May 03, 2007 04:06:13 AM
i'm glad that everyone is okay, but your description of events really made me laugh!


Title: Re: fire! fire! fire!
Post by: Ta2oodmama on May 03, 2007 01:08:59 PM
Found a Ninja Turtle in the Oven this morning when I was about to make a breakfast cassarole. Alas, poor Leonardo, we knew him well.  ;)


Title: Re: fire! fire! fire!
Post by: knitting_nyxxie on May 03, 2007 02:10:04 PM
I will have to say I am very happy you and your children are all ok.

I was pre heating my oven once and open it to find out that my genious fiance (ex now) had put the candle lighter in there! Talk about an almost desaster!


Title: Re: fire! fire! fire!
Post by: Plastico on May 03, 2007 08:04:05 PM
Oh, sure -- everyone can relate. "I've done THAT before!" But don't you all realize the real tragedy in all this?  SHE STILL HAS NO SUGAR COOKIES!!

Oh, the humanity!


Title: Re: fire! fire! fire!
Post by: Ta2oodmama on May 03, 2007 09:25:25 PM
<---alergic to Sugar Cane. THAT'S a tragedy.


Title: Re: fire! fire! fire!
Post by: Altair on May 04, 2007 05:31:32 PM
Wow, I'm glad everyone is okay...except maybe for your ego. 

I've never set the oven on fire, but my mom has.  And my fiancee was kind enough to point out the elemental difference between the two of us.  When confronted with a flaming appliance, I will jump up and down, point (more like pinwheel my arms like a madwoman), and shriek: "FIRE!"  at the top of my not-inconsiderable lungs. 

My mother, upon seeing that her oven is burning, will calmly close the door, fill a dixie cup of water, go back to the oven, open the door, and dump the water in, with only a deadpan:  "Oven's on fire."  by way of explanation. 

Aren't kitchen fires fun?


Title: Re: fire! fire! fire!
Post by: porfavoray on May 04, 2007 05:38:26 PM
<---alergic to Sugar Cane. THAT'S a tragedy.

The horror!

That really is sad, though.


Title: Re: fire! fire! fire!
Post by: Ta2oodmama on May 04, 2007 06:31:27 PM
Wow, I'm glad everyone is okay...except maybe for your ego. 

I've never set the oven on fire, but my mom has.  And my fiancee was kind enough to point out the elemental difference between the two of us.  When confronted with a flaming appliance, I will jump up and down, point (more like pinwheel my arms like a madwoman), and shriek: "FIRE!"  at the top of my not-inconsiderable lungs. 

My mother, upon seeing that her oven is burning, will calmly close the door, fill a dixie cup of water, go back to the oven, open the door, and dump the water in, with only a deadpan:  "Oven's on fire."  by way of explanation. 

Aren't kitchen fires fun?

mwwwahahahahaha! My mother will turn the stove top on, cook her food, then leave some plate on a burner that she THOUGHT she turned off, and the plate will...of course....crack. then SHE freaks out, pouring water all over the kitchen...which is not on fire.

The best time was when, in a panic, she grabbed the can of Bacon grease instead of water. chaos. pure chaos. ;)

<---alergic to Sugar Cane. THAT'S a tragedy.

The horror!

That really is sad, though.

I can eat splenda? is that like sugar? I've heard that it's a lot like sugar.


Title: Re: fire! fire! fire!
Post by: Haylie on May 05, 2007 08:42:17 PM
Oh it's very like sugar.


Title: Re: fire! fire! fire!
Post by: lizstaley on May 06, 2007 09:20:42 AM
Oh my god... I'm so glad everyone is okay, but this made me laugh really hard-- probably because I could see myself doing that! We used to keep extra pans and stuff in our oven when I was a kid, so I've gotten into the habit of checking before I turn the oven on. Man, what a disaster!

I hope you get to make some cookies soon!


Title: Re: fire! fire! fire!
Post by: black and white photo on May 06, 2007 03:00:23 PM
ha whered you get the crayon idea?


Title: Re: fire! fire! fire!
Post by: pumpkinbear on May 08, 2007 03:31:39 PM
Like all good craftsters, I made it up out of the idiocy of my own head. When melting crayons in plastic ice cube trays, keep the temperature low, people, keep it low.

ha whered you get the crayon idea?


Title: Re: fire! fire! fire!
Post by: berol on May 08, 2007 04:16:02 PM
I now really want cookies. I'm in the library and getting slightly odd looks becuase it's quiet and I really laughed!

I nearly set fire to the kitchen the other day. I left a tea towel on the stove tucked under my pan of boiling water. I now see why you're meant to watch these things!

(A far more minor fire than your's though, just lots of smoke and fewer tea towels)


Title: Re: fire! fire! fire!
Post by: dstucki on May 09, 2007 06:01:01 PM
Found a Ninja Turtle in the Oven this morning when I was about to make a breakfast cassarole. Alas, poor Leonardo, we knew him well.  ;)

Ah, yes...the turtle in the oven disaster has happened here as well.


Title: Re: fire! fire! fire!
Post by: jeninjapan on May 09, 2007 08:36:17 PM
Glad to see im not the only one who has done this, only mine was a cheeto bag I was trying to make a keychain with.


Title: Re: fire! fire! fire!
Post by: edelC on May 10, 2007 02:19:53 PM
well an even greater tragedy

I have no idea what sugar cookies are, I have never eaten one


Title: Re: fire! fire! fire!
Post by: Ta2oodmama on May 10, 2007 03:33:03 PM
about a year back, I was having a Going Away BBQ for a friend of mine, and my son decided that he was going to grill up some Leggos when no one was watching. so all of my BEAUTIFUL NY strips had melted plastic all over them.

mmm, nothing like having gourmet Mac n' Cheese as a Going Away feast!  :D


Title: Re: fire! fire! fire!
Post by: littlepunkkitty on May 11, 2007 09:41:40 PM
well an even greater tragedy

I have no idea what sugar cookies are, I have never eaten one
sugar cookies, my dear, are the best cookies ever (equal with chocolate chip, i would dare say).  google 'em and i'm sure you can find a recipe
pumpkinbear- i, too, am glad that everyone is safe.  our oven hates us.  when we first moved in we had no dishes nor furniture for about 3 weeks.  we got one of those take and bake pizzas from costco, put it in the oven and 20 minutes later our tiny apartment was filled with black smoke, the damn thermometer didn't work and while the dial said 350 it was closer to 400!  we finally got a thermometer for it.  but the best thing is my sweet boyfriend who, for some strange reason, makes twice as many chicken nuggets as he wants to eat, then leaves the rest in the oven on the baking sheet.  when i go to use the oven next (sometimes a few days later) i turn it on to preheat and only know there is food in there when it starts to burn and smoke.  hes been doing this for over a year now and he still gets me every time!  the best part is, he gets himself too! :D


Title: Re: fire! fire! fire!
Post by: Ta2oodmama on May 11, 2007 10:25:45 PM
classic  :D


Title: Re: fire! fire! fire!
Post by: Gwydion on May 15, 2007 08:39:05 AM
Oh my god...  ;D ;D  That was just TOO funny!

I had unexpected company once and quickly hid all the dirty dishes in the oven.  Three days later I preheated the oven to make some brownies.  Hot Tupperware smells awfully funny-- especially slightly moldy Tupperware...but I'm not always bright.  I sat there thinking "Ewww, what's that SMELL?" until every last piece of Tupperware had MELTED and stuck to all the other dirty dishes, the heating element, and the guts of the stove.  I never did get the brownies made.


Title: Re: fire! fire! fire!
Post by: Ta2oodmama on May 15, 2007 02:02:40 PM
Oh my god...  ;D ;D  That was just TOO funny!

I had unexpected company once and quickly hid all the dirty dishes in the oven.  Three days later I preheated the oven to make some brownies.  Hot Tupperware smells awfully funny-- especially slightly moldy Tupperware...but I'm not always bright.  I sat there thinking "Ewww, what's that SMELL?" until every last piece of Tupperware had MELTED and stuck to all the other dirty dishes, the heating element, and the guts of the stove.  I never did get the brownies made.

hahaha, that's actually a great place to hide unsightly dishes!! I'll have to use that....but of course, I'll also have to hide a sticky note to myself somewhere saying "dishes in oven"


Title: Re: fire! fire! fire!
Post by: Muria on May 16, 2007 04:45:32 AM
Usually, the only thing I put/leave in the oven is something like a cookie sheet, but I've had a few incidents involving the stovetop. The first one involved trying to reduce some syrup, resulting in a complete loss of my only 1 1/2 quart pan (I still miss it  :'(  ), the second involved putting two pyrex loaf pans on an electric burner while it was on (I thought I was heating the back, so my cauliflower is sitting raw on the back burner, and my bread pans are approaching crack temp on the front).  When I noticed, I grabbed some oven mitts, and picked them up, but they shattered on contact with the hot pad I tried to put them on.  :(   

I had a bad oven at our first apartment. DH made jokes about my biscuits always being burned on the bottom, and I figured I was a lousy cook. Until we moved, and my burning biscuit problem disappeared.  ;)

Glad you made it out safe, though. Did the cookie dough survive, or did it get messed up in the smoke? BTW, you ought to consider looking for some of those silicone molds: they're good up to 425 degrees Faranheit, if I remember correctly.  :)


Title: Re: fire! fire! fire!
Post by: berol on May 16, 2007 07:53:14 AM
BTW, you ought to consider looking for some of those silicone molds: they're good up to 425 degrees Faranheit, if I remember correctly.  :)

I've got some muffin ones and did have a cake one - they're awesome!


Title: Re: fire! fire! fire!
Post by: cmc_aust on May 16, 2007 09:04:34 PM
I have never tried to melt things in the oven because I KNOW this would happen to me too.

However, the other day I was making quince paste and needed to sterilise the jar.  It was an old mustard jar with a plastic lid.  I figured that, having boiled it, I would be ok to quickly dry it in the oven with the jar.

Guess who forgot about the drying jar and lid while she continued cooking quince paste?  ::)

I dried the jar.  I melted the lid.  I made a button:



It's big and red :D


Title: Re: fire! fire! fire!
Post by: cataway on May 17, 2007 10:30:21 AM
My kid didn't tell me he was using my cookie sheet with his magnet letters... guess what was stuck to the bottom of the pan when I put it in the oven...yup you guessed it, this episode brought to you by the letter F and the number 9, now melted pools of red and yellow plastic. :D


Title: Re: fire! fire! fire!
Post by: Ta2oodmama on May 17, 2007 11:07:48 AM
hahaha, that's a new one! you deffinitely get points for using Sesame Street lingo in Funny Format.  ;D


Title: Re: fire! fire! fire!
Post by: wakeupdonnie on May 17, 2007 08:46:21 PM
That's why it probably pays off that I'm so OCD and paranoid. I check the oven like 5 times before I preheat it. lmfao.


Title: Re: fire! fire! fire!
Post by: black and white photo on May 18, 2007 07:16:00 AM
Like all good craftsters, I made it up out of the idiocy of my own head. When melting crayons in plastic ice cube trays, keep the temperature low, people, keep it low.

ha whered you get the crayon idea?
hehe, my friend (whaen she was little) was cooking something in a pan. So, she grabbed the (plastic covered) item and dropped it into the pan. then flames shot up right to the ceiling. that is known as the day she almost burned the house down.


Title: Re: fire! fire! fire!
Post by: cadillac.tramp on June 19, 2007 11:10:08 PM
So I snorted, than started giggling histerically when I read this.  Glad y'all all came out fine and your house didn't do the Hindenburg (bad me, bad joke *smacks hand*). 
On the other hand, the reason I'm laughing...DH can't bake cookies to save his life from my PMS cravings.  Sooo one day, I too was craving sugar cookies (snickerdoodles, mmm cinnamon sugar), and he decided to be sweet and make some...so come time to eat the cookies, they're black half way through.  We were both confused, he cooked them on 350 for the right amount of time...
Several batches later (being a Man, he HAD to figure out what he was doing wrong), I was in the kitchen when he looks at the cookies after 9mins, golden brown, and he pokes one and says "still squishy" and puts it back in :D  So he thought they got hard IN the oven.  And he always put them in when the oven was pre-heating.
*sigh* I'm scared of what I'll find in the oven, which is why the kitchen is off limits to my critter.


Title: Re: fire! fire! fire!
Post by: WIPs on June 19, 2007 11:42:27 PM
That's why it probably pays off that I'm so OCD and paranoid. I check the oven like 5 times before I preheat it. lmfao.

Me too. I'm very paranoid.


Title: Re: fire! fire! fire!
Post by: shewolf on June 21, 2007 12:19:39 PM
I've been married 10 years, and almost burned our living quarters 3 times.

Once- toaster oven. Cooking those little square waffles for my hubby, who hates crunchy. So I brilliantly put butter on 'em to keep them squishy. Fire extinguisher and lost the toaster oven. Then 2 grease fires. Once, I was frying, and I didn't splash the oil, so I don't know what happened. And the pan doesn't have a lid. And I went for WATER.
Second grease fire, browning hamburger.

I really need to stop cooking.

And I keep my pans in the oven as we live on a farm and have mice part of the year. Many times I've preheated the oven, and the faint plastic smell has warned me before I've melted anything.


Title: Re: fire! fire! fire!
Post by: SpottedFrog on June 26, 2007 09:04:45 PM
LOL through the whole thread! I've burned several dish towels & hot mits cause I turned on the wrong burner... but the funniest stove story ever:

In high school I was at my best friend's house one saturday & we were crafting in the living room with her mom & her dad was doing some repair to the oven. They had turned off the power to the kitchen in the mean time. So he comes in & asks his wife to go out & turn the power on while he's in the kitchen to make sure everything went well. She goes outside. And then we heard the following:(not screaming, but loud enough to be heard- I think the breaker box was just outside the kitchen)

Jim "do it now"
Natalie "ok"
BOOM!!!
::pause::
Jim "don't do it again Natalie, the stove just exploded"
Natalie "ok"

Their utter calm during the exploding stove was a testament to their long marrieage I guess- both artists too. Makes me giggle every time I flip a breaker switch.


Title: Re: fire! fire! fire!
Post by: marypoppins on June 30, 2007 06:55:44 AM
FUNNY!

I have two stove/oven stories.

When I was little, we were watching my baby cousin while my aunt was having her latest.  My mom was boiling the nipples for the bottles to sterilize them.  She apparently forgot that she was doing that and we were all outside playing.  A neighbor came running over to tell us that there was smoke coming from out house.  Fortuneately, there was no fire...just lots and lots of black smoke from burning rubber.  I remember my mother being so mad because the smoke made all the cobwebs up in the corners of the ceiling show up.  She was such a neat freak and that drove her crazy.

The other one was just a few years ago.  I am renting a older duplex.  I had made a point of cleaning my place very well because the landlady was having to bring an insurance person through for an inspection.  When I got home, there was a weird note on my door asking "What did I do to the oven?" ???  I walk into my kitchen to find glass all over the kitchen.  Apparently, the oven door decided to explode.  I am just grateful that it did this when nobody was at home! 


Title: Re: fire! fire! fire!
Post by: lelemonade on August 29, 2007 03:20:14 PM
I'm young and stupid (I accept it  :P) so my mom never lets me use the oven. SO, if I want to "bake" anything I have to use one of those Barbie ovens... and I usually forget to unplug it, which is why my bedroom occasionally smells like burnt cookies, lol.


Title: Re: fire! fire! fire!
Post by: BeccaJaneStClair on September 04, 2007 10:14:03 AM
Oh my god...  ;D ;D  That was just TOO funny!

I had unexpected company once and quickly hid all the dirty dishes in the oven.  Three days later I preheated the oven to make some brownies.  Hot Tupperware smells awfully funny-- especially slightly moldy Tupperware...but I'm not always bright.  I sat there thinking "Ewww, what's that SMELL?" until every last piece of Tupperware had MELTED and stuck to all the other dirty dishes, the heating element, and the guts of the stove.  I never did get the brownies made.


I did the exact same thing. Only it was my mum who hid the dishes in the oven, and I didn't know she had, so I preheated the oven to make dinner and all of a sudden smell that nasty smell of plastic. Fortunately, most of the plastic was sitting on top of a cookie sheet, so we jsut tossed the whole thing.  Unfortunately, a plastic lid to one of those pyrex mini crocks fell off the cookie sheet and was in the back of the oven. it didn't drip, but oh man, so gross. 

Now we only put pots and pans and ceramic in the oven when we need to hide dishes.



Title: Re: fire! fire! fire!
Post by: quillian91 on September 06, 2007 10:58:18 PM
Haha! I am very glad I am so paranoid. When I was bakeing my Polymere Clay, I checked on it every two minutes and even then, i didnt bake it for the recommended ammount of time. About five minutes below it, because i was so worried that I would cause a fire...

Unfortunatly, I have had experiences with burrning things.

I was making cookies (it all starts with cookies, dosent it?!) and I put them in the oven. But then the phone rang and it was my dreaded math teacher, who wanted to talk to me about my abysmal grade in his class. And so, getting worked up and sweaty and shaky (as I always do when confronted by anyone) I forgot about the cookies and focused my attention on my teacher.

We had been talking for a while about everything I needed to do, and it took longer because he had to log onto his computer to see my grade and get me the assignment pages and such...

Apparently, I was talking longer than I had meant to, because I walk into the kitchen to get a glass of water (I had been talking alot), and there are thick black plumes of smoke flooding out and I saw flames.

Still holding the phone and talking to my Math Teacher, I begin to scream my head off and panic and wave my armsa around like a lunatic. I go to get the fire exstingisher, but I accidentaly dropped it in the dog's water bowl, and so I simply scream louder and run out of the house, cursing like a drunken sailor.

Luckily, My mom was in her room working on stained glass and she came tearing out when I ran out of the house and set everything right again, calmly putting the fire out, while I'm outside still screaming and panicing at my Math teacher, who I dont think really knew what to do...

It was an interesting time at math class the next day...  ::) ::) ::)

I dont do well in stressfull situations...


Title: Re: fire! fire! fire!
Post by: wendy-bird on October 01, 2007 10:52:50 AM
My boyfriend and I both cracked up at your little anecdote. (Although he wasn't laughing when I reminded him that that will be me 10 years down the line.)

I hope you get paid to write so well :D
Happy you're safe!


Title: Re: fire! fire! fire!
Post by: guineverefree on October 20, 2007 06:59:22 AM
ta2oodmama - Can you eat sugar beets?
I moved 1500 miles across the continent to find out that the sugar down here is weird. Where I am now, the sugar comes from sugar cane, where I used to live the sugar was made from sugar beets, which I didn't know existed until my mom came to visit and tried to cook with sugar cane sugar.

My mom's gooey cinnamon buns don't turn out nearly as well with sugar cane. sigh.


Title: Re: fire! fire! fire!
Post by: Antsy on November 10, 2007 09:48:35 AM
I have only ever had a grease fire in the oven. I thought fast and threw baking soda on it and it went right out. Then when it all cooled I cleaned it out and the baking soda cleaned the oven better than the terrible for the environment, stinky, have to open every window oven cleaner did. So now the oven has a layer of baking soda on the bottom so no more grease fires and it cleans up easy.