Extreme Dissatisfaction

From Our Department of HATING THAT GAS STOVE:

Hey, guess what? I had a grease fire today ON THE STUPID GAS STOVE. First one ever in my life.

I was preparing to fry an egg so I was pushing a pat of butter around the inside of a small frying pan. I put the spatula into the spoon rest and turned sideways to pick up the egg and the next thing I know WHOOSH! and there’s a tall yellow flame headed for the range hood.

This never happened to me with an electric stove.

UPDATE:  I just realized that MOO is right! Frying foods CAN be bad for your health. Why didn’t I listen?

20 thoughts on “Extreme Dissatisfaction”

    1. I was, too but after so many years cooking on flat cast iron burners, I came to prefer them. I guess they don’t make those any more because I couldn’t find a stove like that even with internet search engines. They were the bomb – this stupid stove is a fire bomb.

  1. I’m not a fan of gas at all. In fact an apt I rented once had a gas stove, and I bought an electric hot plate. I think it’s a phobia from growing up with an extended family of Italian drama queens in the 50’s who were always talking about sticking their heads in the oven.

  2. Cooked on gas for eons, like my mother and her mother before, and never had a grease fire on the stove top. (Did end up with one in the broiler, but that can happen in any broiler where there is fat and high heat.)

    And with a little butter? That is amazing. Grease fires usually involve animal fat like bacon or steak fat, or cooking oil.

    My late mother frequently cooked fabulous french fries in deep fat in a cast iron dutch oven on her gas stove with nary a mishap.

    Gas, with its infinite temperature gradation – instant up, instant down on the same burner – is perfect for so many things that call for reducing the temp midway in the cooking. Currently having to use electric, and miserable.

    1. Yes butter.

      Never in my life did I think that I’d have a grease fire either.

      I get with the instant up and down of the heat but I never had a problem with that because I just moved the pan around on the burner to immediately regulate the heat. And it is absolutely not hotter or faster than the cast iron plates of my old electric.

  3. I sincerely hope you are OK?

    And the beautiful kitchen is OK?

    I have a gas stove where I rent, and if you lean over it to get into a cupboard, you can ‘accidentally’ turn on the gas, without a flame. My previous neighbors, and now my new neighbors, have done this, as have I, on several occasions.

    Personally, I prefer electric, or at the least, ‘electronic’ ignitions’.

    I feel gas stoves with three constantly burning pilot lights are a tremendous waste of energy…and also make a small kitchen, such as mine, unbearable to cook in (especially during our great heat wave here in Chicago!).

    I am so saddened to read this, Suzette. Grease fires can be sooo deadly.

    Perhaps a hard-boiled egg might be better?

    1. Yes everything is ok. The butter burned up and I stood there with my mouth hanging open just staring at that flame spout. Now I’ve got baking soda boxes stationed in three places near the stove.

  4. Food Net work.. check ALL the cooking shows.. not ONE electrice stove in the bunch……….NOT ONE! You can’t be distracted and cook on a gas stove.. as a fellow gemini i know how Mulitasking happens.. at the worst times.

    1. The “cooks” on Food Network bless their hearts are using commercial grade restaurant equipment.

      All I’m saying is that you have bought into the myth that a home gas range is the superior cooking experience over the home electric range.

      And what do you call being distracted? Picking up an egg?

      1. Good point, Suzette. I have not cooked on one of the “new” gas ranges. Mine (now stored) was my parents’ 1970something Rheem Wedgwood, a giant thing with the most sensational large broiler to boot. Radiants that heat up like the “coals” in a BBQ, then the flame goes off and the radiants broil the meat. Spectacular.

        I was trained about stove fires when I was old enough to see over the top of the thing. NO WATER EVER!! If it’s in a pan, clap the lid on. If possible, use baking soda. But a lid often does the trick. Turn off vent fan immediately (and keep that vent fan clean – most restaurant fires originate in greasy vent fans).

        Glad you came out shaken but unharmed.

  5. When we remodeled the kitchen I got one of those electric stoves with a glass top. LOVE it. And it’s the easiest to clean, too.

    1. Had a glass top for years, love it, love it.
      Easy to clean and when it’s cool it’s another flat space to work on.

  6. I’m shaking as I type this! I really hope you get rid if that death trap immediately! If cooking on a gas stove is my only option I choose cold food. Have you told your family? Will they consider getting you a new electric one? A glass top sounds wonderful.
    Yes, I am drama queen.

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