Regurgitation For: Update On The *&%$#! Gas Oven

Now you faced your fear didn't you? ;-) You'll get used to it. And if you like pork, gas ovens make the best crackling/pork rinds. Yeah Dentists suck - you have given me inspiration for a post later on!

Declared by Ruth at May 1, 2005 09:44 PM

I don't mind gas stoves, but gas ovens are just plain evil. I lucked out and got a gas stove with an electric oven. Well, I'd actually prefer all electric, but ooh, pretty flames...

Declared by Pixy Misa at May 2, 2005 01:14 AM

Welcome to MuNu! Yay!

Declared by RP at May 2, 2005 08:12 AM

Ok, go to WalMart and buy a lighter that is used for BBQ's. It has a long end and you won't have to stick your hand all the way in there.
We had an old gas oven when I was a kid. Maybe you can convince the landlord to get you a new one that is self lighting. Those are nice!

Declared by SailGirl at May 2, 2005 04:51 PM

Ruth: Yes I faced it but with great reluctance. As for getting used to it, yah, just like the burners, I will but I'll never like them. I can't wait to see the post you are going to write about dentists...I presume?

Pixy: It's the pretty flames that cause me concern. Electric all the way for me too.


SailGirl: I'm going to go with matches. I'm having a hard enough time going through with this...I simply cannot muster up the courage to do it with a lighter which also contains fuel....mix that with the gas? No...Murphy likes to meddle in my life too much.

Declared by S. Faolan Wolf at May 3, 2005 01:15 AM

Glad I could help! I'd bet there are lots of places different manufacturers put their holes for lighting the oven. I seem to remember some have a "sparker" like some of the gas outdoor grilles, too.

Another option for matches: cigar matches. I live in an old farmhouse with a propane stove for heat. Seems like every several years, the thermocouple goes out - that is the device that kills the gas if the pilot light goes out. BTW, default is when it fails, the gas is shut off. This means that no matter how well you read the instructions, the pilot light will not light - because the failed thermocouple is not allowing that to happen. I have the cigar matches - which are long wooden matches - on hand just to relight the stove. Gas water heaters are equipped the same.

The old old gas stove I used had only one set of burners - at the bottom. It had a tray underneath the oven for broiling. Electric ovens have elements at the top and bottom for broiling with only one door necessary.

There are times I would like to modernize my heating system, but when the power goes out, I have heat without purchasing a generator. With an electric stove and no power, that means breaking out the camping equipment.

Gas stoves certainly heat up quicker and the heat is easier to adjust quickly and regulate. It took me a while to adjust to an electric stove - damn thing was slow all the time. However, I'll stick with the electric stove - pans stay cleaner on the bottom, and I can wait the extra three minutes it takes to heat up a pan or oven.

The local electric cooperative has a promotion where they will reimburse the cost of an electric water heater (that they stock) to replace a gas one, so when my old gas one went south, guess what happened. Heh. They never even cashed the check - just held on to it til they inspected the installation. When I get rich and famous, I'll build an all electric house and have a generator, just in case.

Declared by Jeffro at May 3, 2005 10:40 PM

Did you try turning the knob all the way to the right (or left), waiting for the clicks and the stove lighting? My last gas range had an "electronic ignition", and that is all it took..turn it all the way to which ever side, wait for the clicks..and whammo..you have the cooking flame. (Same goes for the stove)

Declared by Alyssa at May 31, 2005 05:39 PM

OMG my thoughts exactly! I just moved to a place with a gas stove and oven...just like you describe, and I've only had electric before. I was laughing so hard when I read this because it's EXACTLY how I feel. I think too, that my oven pilot light has gone out...but what do I know...I don't remember where it was last time I saw it. I think I smell gas all the time, but I think its just a figment of my imagination...the gas company came out and said it doesn't smell and there is no leak. I felt much better after that... but now I'm worried that the pilot is out and the apt is going to blow up.

Declared by princessslacker at July 5, 2005 10:02 PM
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