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Blayne Bradley
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I opened the oven noticed it smoking so I took out the extra pans and was like woah, theres a fire, so I stood few a minute trying to figure out how to put it out, and I was like "Salt!... I think..." COuldnt find any salt, so I took out the tray the fire was on, and smothered it with a towl.

I'm awesome. *Not to self, next time remember its BAKING SODA not salt*

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And my father has managed yet again to prove he is a complete asshole.
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My mom did that once. She put oil in a pan to heat up on the stove and forgot about it when the computer guy showed up to fix a computer. I was reading and couldn't figure out why I kept coughing until I looked up and saw lots of smoke and then looked behind me and saw what seemed like giant flames leaping up from the stove. I stared at the fire, without knowing what to do, and remembered only one thing of what the fireman who visited my elementary school said: tell an adult. So I yelled out "MOMMY THERE"S A FIRE" and she came running in so quick and took the pan outside and left it on the front walk in the snow for it to go out. The poor computer guy was freaked out by all the drama but mananged to fix the problem anyway.
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My grandma was once melting wax (for some reason) and it caught on fire. That was an interesting one to try to put out. I must've only been 9 or 10, but it was "JOSH! FIRE! PUT IT OUT!"
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I keep an open box of baking soda by the stove for the purposes of smothering small grease fires (to prevent me having to get the fire extinguisher which is a few feet away.)
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Noemon
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That's a good idea, kq. I'll have to start doing that. I've never actually had a grease fire, but better safe than sorry.
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This reminds me of my sophomore year in college when my idiot roommate (as opposed to the two other roommates who were quite smart) tried to make french fries using a too-small stockpot. He filled the thing over 3/4s full of oil, heated it too, hot, then dumped frozen, pre-made french fries into the pot. Ice and hot oil don't react well together, as you might imagine. The pot boiled over, oil hit the element and ignited. My idiot roommate was about to dump water on it to put it out when I yelled expletives at him, shoved him out of the way and used the fire extinguisher.

Fun times...

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Your know what works even better than baking soda for a grease fire on the stove?

A lid that fits the pan. Seriously. Faster, less mess and even more effective.

So if you have a lid that fits the pan, keep it by the stove rather than the box of baking soda.

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How about AS WELL AS the baking soda. BandoCommando's fire wouldn't have been put out by a lid - the grease had spilled out.
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ketchupqueen
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Yep. I lid pan fires, baking soda non-pan or too-big-to-lid fires.
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How often do you have fires? It sounds like you have way too many fires at your house to get such experience.
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It's because of all the babies flambé.
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I have never had a grease fire.
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Sterling
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Y'know, those flexible silicone lids they make would probably be just about perfect for this purpose.
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scifibum
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I think a silicone lid might work, but they're only rated to something like 550 degrees F. It might melt and/or catch on fire if you tried to use it to put out a fire. (I give it good odds of smothering the flame, but enough heat might remain to melt through it and possibly reignite.)
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I hope the baking soda is also out for frequent baking, because that would be crazy if there are enough grease fires to warrant always having baking soda at hand. Sounds exciting, though. :-p
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In the grease fire at my place, some of the grease got under the top of the stove. It was an electric range, and the decorative white top has a good inch of clearance underneath it and the drip pans. Oil got down there and still had enough air to burn. My idiot roommate actually demonstrated a spark of intelligence prior to attempting the water, as he did remove the pot from the element and covered the fire with the pot lid. Unfortunately, the pot lid had almost no effect.

The water would have been disastrous....

Incidentally, that inch of clearance under the top of the range made it extremely difficult to clean out all of the fire extinguisher chemical. But that was a problem for my idiot roommate.

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quote:
Originally posted by Starsnuffer:
I hope the baking soda is also out for frequent baking, because that would be crazy if there are enough grease fires to warrant always having baking soda at hand. Sounds exciting, though. :-p

Not FREQUENT baking but yeah, that's where we store the baking soda. [Wink] It's more frequently used for baking than fires if that's what you're asking (though I put out at least one fire every 6 months or so. I'm just a forgetful cook sometimes. Also uncoordinated.)
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Hopefully your insurance company doesn't lurk on Hatrack. [Eek!]
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Why would my insurance company care? They're small cooking fires, insurance never gets called because of them. [Smile]
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