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« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2009 09:35:52 PM »

Yeah, popcorn on a stove is scary. I have no cleaning advice. But, since my family doesn't use a mircowave we use an old airpopper bought at a yardsale for like a dollar. They pretty much rock and in a silly was are exciting to watch and use. Yardsale-ing season is coming up so keep an eye out. Lastly, don't give up. One way or another homemade popcorn will be yours. goodluck!.

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« Reply #11 on: February 09, 2009 06:39:05 AM »

he he, I saw the pictures in hot new topics and immediately was like "oh!  that must be bubblegum's kitchen!   Cheesy  That really is bad, I'm just so glad you were really hurt or that more damage wasn't done.  Super glad that you had the frame of mind to not throw water on it.  Looks like you've got way more remedies here than I can offer, so I'll just wish you luck!  How'd the bf take it?

OH!  Also, coca cola gets anything out of pots.  Just pour it in the pot and let it soak for a while (I've let it soak for days before) and then scrub with the coke still in there.  Worst case you might have to do it a few times but it always works for me.  Of course, if you see no difference after round one, then I reckon it doesn't work for this kind of damage  Tongue

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« Reply #12 on: February 09, 2009 09:23:26 AM »

HOLY SMOKES!! (yup...pun intended Cheesy)  I'm soooo glad your ok!  Paint....everything is better with paint. Wink Cheesy  try vinegar too...vinegar may tone down the smoke smell.

« Reply #13 on: February 09, 2009 11:12:40 AM »

I honestly have no pointers about getting smoke off the walls... but I have been making popcorn on the stove since i was 8 or 9 years old! its delicious and you can control the amount of oil and other scary random ingredients (that are found in microwave popcorn) that you eat.
the trick is to heat about 3 T of veg oil in the pan (with 1/4 c of kernels) over about medium heat. once you hear the first pop, you have to shake the pan and shake it and shake it and shake it until its not popping anymore. then i put a little salt on it... yum!

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« Reply #14 on: February 09, 2009 02:26:54 PM »

oh, a medium heat you say? lmfao, not high?  Cheesy man Im a dork
Other half took it well, I was on the phone to Mum asking what to do (she used to clean motels when she was 18) when he got home, he just rolled his eyes and found me the sugar soap and had a look at the damage.
The smoke smell isnt too bad, I have fish so I threw open every door and window and the fire place (smoke goes up the chimney) so its mostly gone, Ive opened the windows again today so it should be fine.
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« Reply #15 on: February 09, 2009 03:31:03 PM »

The hands been dumped in a bowel of icewater for a bit (until my fingers turned blue) and then I put bio oil on (I love this stuff, it actually works and doesnt reek like other healing lotions Ive tried!) plus Ive taken the night off work so my work gloves dont irritate the skin.
Im going to have to search for this magic eraser thing you all speak of, hope Fresh Choice have them!

My advice is to not use Bio Oil. Products containing oil are not good for burns. It's best to use something like 2nd Skin moisture pads, not sure if you have them there: http://www.amazon.com/Spenco-2Nd-Skin-Moist-Burn/dp/B000GGI618

I'm sure you would be able to find something similar to this. I used to use these when I did glassblowing, major accidental burns!

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« Reply #16 on: February 10, 2009 06:34:40 AM »

I have a helpful quote from  a Clint Eastwood movie-" a man's gotta know his limitations". Please be careful, this sounds like something one of my girls would do. Good luck cleaning and healing.
« Reply #17 on: February 10, 2009 07:25:12 AM »

You aren't supposed to put your hands in ice when they are burned because the cold, although soothing, is also very damaging to your healing skin.  I learned this in a First Aid class.

Stovetop popcorn is awesome, but you have to watch it closely.  I always start by putting 2 kernels in the oil.  When one of those pops, I dump in the rest of the popcorn measurement (usually 1/4 to 1/3 cup).  I let it sit just a moment, but then I lift the pot on and off the burner, shaking it with the lid on (well, not really "shaking" more like swirling the bottom to keep it loose with maybe some small shakes to be sure the unpopped kernels are at the bottom).  I use my largest soup pot for this.  Take it off the heat completely as soon as the popping is almost finished.  Don't just turn off the burner, move the pot away from the heat.   Wink

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« Reply #18 on: March 09, 2009 10:57:55 PM »

Have you looked into seeing if your homeowners insurance will pay for a remodel/damages?  My grandfather had an oil fire in their kitchen several years ago making french fries on the stove and they had damage similar to yours.  Their homeowners insurance paid for the whole kitchen to be practically replaced new!  They had quite a scare, but got a showroom type kitchen out of it  Wink

« Reply #19 on: May 04, 2009 12:36:22 AM »

I'm sure it's been said, but all kitchens MUST have a fire extinguisher. I am a fan of Alton Brown, and he says it is the ONLY "unitasker" (thing that has only one purpose) allowed in his kitchen. Taking the pot outside was right in the no-water sense, but a fire extinguisher would have prevented you from burning yourself.

I'm glad you're not seriously hurt, though. Wow. I also have a greater appreciation for a friend of mine who regularly pops popcorn in a pan by hand.

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