My oven is bipolar: when I follow the instructions for frozen pizza, it's done in about 66% of the time, i.e. instructions say 18min, it's done in 12, usually less - 18min would burn it to a crisp. Thicker things, like pork roasts or heating a pre-cooked ham, are barely tepid in the center at the time in their instructions, i.e. instructions say 45min, takes over an hour to get to the recommended temperature. The oven is a generic, in-every-apartment-I've-ever-had kind of stove. What's it's problem? [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown
on Jul 28, 2014 -
I desperately want to swap out my electric range for a gas range. I want one that will serve my long-term needs and am totally bewildered by the variety of choices. [more inside]
posted by jackbishop
on Jun 19, 2014 -
We have enjoyed 6+ years of our gas oven/stovetop, but now our NYC landlord is planning to replace all the ovens in our building with electric. This seems like it will make our (already high) electricity bill even higher. Is there anything we can do? [more inside]
posted by Zephyrial
on Mar 22, 2014 -
I just went into my kitchen to start supper, and found that neither the burners nor the oven of my electric stove will heat. Everything looks normal, and the element on button is lighting up, but there's no heat at all, and the hot surface button doesn't light. I used the oven last night, and the stovetop this morning, and all was well. When I realised it wasn't working, I went and flipped the breaker switch, off and back on, just in case that was the issue, but that didn't fix anything. [more inside]
posted by MeghanC
on Feb 25, 2014 -
Doing a major kitchen reno on a new old house, and the layout has no good spot to install a range hood. I've owned houses with a range hood and houses without one, and the only difference I've noticed is that the ones without one need a bit more frequent cleaning, although not really much. Actually very little. Maybe the kind of cooking I usually do doesn't require one? Do you have a range hood? Do you not? Is it merely a bright shiny status symbol? Do you think it's important to have one? Why?
posted by fivesavagepalms
on Jan 26, 2014 -
It's time for another big grown-up milestone: new kitchen appliances. And I'm paralyzed by the thought of making the wrong decisions. [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham
on Jan 13, 2014 -
So I've got a nice oven and a nice overhead hood. Unfortunately, behind the facade of wooden veneer is NOTHING.
No vent, no fan, nothing.
Can I install a fan up there? [more inside]
posted by John Kennedy Toole Box
on Nov 27, 2013 -
I did something colossally stupid this evening: Put up some pasta on the stove and then fell promptly asleep for a little while on the couch. Woke up to a terrible smell of natural gas. Found the water in the pot had spilled over and doused the flame of the burner it was cooking on. With the gas on high. It was probably like that for about 10 minutes or so. And now, four hours later, the house still has a strong-ish odor. Here is my question: does the smell indicate that gas is still present in the house, and if so, should I be concerned for the health and safety of my small children, who are sleeping a hallway away from the kitchen? [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Aug 15, 2013 -
I have an old, small gas oven in my new apartment that desperately needs cleaning. The problem is that it has pilot lights. Help me! [more inside]
posted by Paper rabies
on Jun 23, 2013 -
Why is my oven crackling and sparking at the on/off switch and will it start a fire in my wall? [more inside]
posted by fruitopia
on May 4, 2013 -
Friends are in the beginning process of thinking about a kitchen remodel, and are wondering if anyone has good or bad things to say about the stoves, fridges, or dishwashers from The Big Chill
. [more inside]
posted by rtha
on Feb 6, 2013 -
My Mom just moved into an apartment with an electric stove, the very first electric stove she's had in seventy-one years of being alive. She's finding the learning curve a little daunting. Could you share some tips and tricks that would make the adjustment a little easier, things that you had to learn while transitioning from the gas stove to the electric stove? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet
on Dec 2, 2012 -
I have a cast iron wood stove at my house that sort of looks like this.
I suck at getting a fire light in it reliably. Can you help figure out what flues and doors and vents to open and close and devise a process to always get a fire going? [more inside]
posted by neustile
on Nov 7, 2012 -
My neighbor has an old GE Automatic Calrod stove. Recently the oven stopped working (baking and Grilling) Assuming that the elements are ok, I'm guessing that a fuse somewhere in the stove needs to be replaced. If so does anyone know where the fuses are on these things. I'm asking Meta Filter because I'm reluctant to have a good poke around as the stove is really dirty. Link to the picture is obviously not the actual stove in question
posted by jdcasey
on Aug 31, 2012 -
I'm staying in a stranger's home. They have a smooth-top stove. If it is an induction stove then I can use my moka pot on it. If it's not then I can't. How can I determine whether or not it is?
posted by resiny
on Mar 31, 2012 -
How safe to use is a gas range that got a little bit waterlogged previously? [more inside]
posted by drea
on Feb 24, 2012 -
I plan on building a rocket stove similar to this one.
I want a smokeless (or nearly smokeless) fire for toasting s'mores, etc. Does anyone have some tips, such as where to find cans that aren't coated in bpa or old paint?
posted by gray17
on Jan 10, 2012 -
Will adding a water tank to our propane heater help regulate the room temperature, or just suck up heat? [more inside]
posted by attercoppe
on Nov 17, 2011 -
I've been cooking in the backcountry for years with a pepsi-can stove
(it simply provides an aerated vessel in which to ignite 75% - 99% isopropyl alcohol which you pour into it)...now recently I've noticed a distinctive, not exactly pleasant smell at the very end, when the fuel finally runs out and the flame extinguishes itself...perhaps a residual vapor is released at that point (I'm usually done cooking). SO, my question is, are dangerous gases perhaps being released? I'm wary of course of getting aluminum in my bloodstream and catching Alzheimer's, but any other dangers I should know about?
posted by wavejumper
on Apr 24, 2011 -
What, if anything, can you tell me about the really weird stove exhaust in my weird old apartment? Pics inside. [more inside]
posted by slow graffiti
on Jan 15, 2011 -
What just went ka-bing on my stove? I was just cooking pancakes on the stove. The oven was also on at 300 degrees, to keep the pancakes warm as they came off the griddle. The overhead bonnet light was on as well.
Suddenly there was a strange flash. It happened in such a fraction of a second that I cannot tell you where it was from. It was like a tiny red sparking mini-explosion -- somewhere! I turned off the stove -- and could NOT turn off the light on the bonnet! [more inside]
posted by keener_sounds
on Dec 6, 2010 -
What's going on with my gas stove? Is it dangerous? What type of repair person do I need to come fix it? [more inside]
posted by luazinha
on Sep 12, 2010 -
Help me build the custom camping stove of my dreams (SWF regulalor - stove mating question inside) [more inside]
posted by bluefrog
on Aug 9, 2010 -
I have a gas stove in good condition that I want to get rid of. Salvation Army's donation pickup line in my area (Boston) never answers my calls and never returns my messages. What other options do I have? Also, I was told by the stove salesman that selling the stove wasn't a good idea because I'd be liable if the purchaser hooked it up wrong and poisoned or exploded themselves. Is this true, or was it just FUD?
posted by Plutor
on May 28, 2010 -
Will ceramic that melted onto the burner cause my smoke alarm to go off? Will it cause any other problems? [more inside]
posted by theichibun
on Feb 23, 2010 -
How do I fix the clock alarm on an old GE stove? Photo and details inside. [more inside]
posted by zadcat
on Feb 6, 2010 -
I cleaned my single burner stove in the sink. After I thought it was dry I plugged it in and blew a circuit. Is it dead for good? [more inside]
posted by bindasj
on Jan 14, 2010 -
Stoves: Electric coils vs. Electric flat top? Cost of propane tank installation? [more inside]
posted by maulik
on Jan 13, 2010 -
Need a full new suite of kitchen appliances, would like some recommendations.
Got some prices on some Electrolux models today that looked great, but some quick research on the web doesn't leave me so confident.
Is this a case of the squeaky wheel complaining online and they're actually a solid product? Or should I be worried.
I'm looking for all stainless steel appliances: fridge with ice-maker, slide-in stove, dishwasher, and range-hood microwave. Specifically I'm looking for a large fridge and electric stove
I'm in Canada if that makes a difference.
posted by gfroese
on Oct 24, 2009 -
Our oven door springs are sprung. It's an old O'Keefe and Merritt stove - the kind with lots of space on top; we love it. But the oven door can't stay shut. Help! [more inside]
posted by goofyfoot
on Oct 21, 2009 -
I have a two part question about fires and making firewood. The two parts are related so I assume this is fine... [more inside]
posted by dance
on Sep 17, 2009 -
Kitchen appliances: What remedies do you have when an appliance purchase and installation goes wrong? [more inside]
posted by abdulf
on Aug 8, 2009 -
Should we look into compact dishwashers and portable gas stoves for our newly rented flat? [more inside]
posted by tavegyl
on Jun 23, 2009 -