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  •  The stove was working. (3+ / 0-)
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    Sychotic1, Senor Unoball, bfitzinAR

    Sit in the kitchen and run the stove.

    Time was... the wood stoves were as important as the fireplaces.

    Likely thing is that her stove used propane or had a LNG connection. No electricity required. Even if the stove had electric ignition, it does light with matches.

    Wanting to scream at the electric company ??? Nonsense.

    This is dementia..... absolutely.

    Angry White Males + Personality Disorder delusionals + Pro-Life Christians

    =EQ=

    The GOPer Base

    by vets74 on Thu Mar 11, 2010 at 05:35:05 AM PST

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    •  Stove was probably electric. (3+ / 0-)
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      mataliandy, Senor Unoball, kyril

      All the cheap rent places I've ever lived have had electric stoves.  (Some of them cover "some" utilities - gas and water, never electric because of summer A/C - and they put in electric stoves so that charge goes to the renter too.)  Since she was cooking on sterno, the stove was electric.  Severe dementia wouldn't have gone out and bought the sterno stove to cover until the electricity came back on, although minor dementia - or even just having mailed the check without putting a stamp on the envelope - could be what got the electricity turned off.

    •  Never heat your house with a gas oven (5+ / 0-)
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      Caj, shpilk, mataliandy, Senor Unoball, kyril

      unless you want to die of carbon monoxide poisoning. Many people make this mistake and try to keep warm that way. Very dangerous

      "DON’T use a gas oven to heat your home, even for a short time"

      http://www.epa.gov/...

    •  Safety mechanisms in gas stoves (4+ / 0-)

      Do not allow them to run without electricity, anymore. If it's newer than the early 1980s, she could not heat with it if the electricity is off. There will be a piezo-electric starter for the burners, and a "glow bar" for the oven. You have to try very hard to find a custom manufacturer if you want to find a gas oven that will run without electricity. I speak from experience - for our off-grid cabin we had to find one.

      Also, NEVER heat with a gas oven.

      Once more, with gusto:

      NEVER HEAT WITH A GAS OVEN

      Asphyxiation via carbon monoxide happens all the time when people do this.

      A gas oven is meant to be on for a relatively short period of time with the door closed. Leaving the oven on for very long periods, especially with the door open (which is what people do when trying to heat a room with it) prevents proper combustion of the gases, leading to carbon monoxide poisoning and death.

      •  asdf (3+ / 0-)
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        mrkvica, Dvalkure, Senor Unoball

        Safety mechanisms in gas stoves do not allow them to run without electricity, anymore. If it's newer than the early 1980s, she could not heat with it if the electricity is off. There will be a piezo-electric starter for the burners, and a "glow bar" for the oven.

        An electric ignite is not a safety feature to prevent you from igniting without electricity.  It is a safety feature that prevents gas leakage from a pilot light going out.  You can still light the stove in the absence of electricity by using a match.

        That being said, you certainly shouldn't run a stove for heat, tho I think it's silly to tell people that it's dangerous to run the oven "even for a short time."  So is it dangerous to make a turkey?

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