Have you ever used the oven to

@ersmommy1 (12600)
United States
March 4, 2008 3:36pm CST
heat up the kitchen? It has been snowing since 8 am this morning here. It's 3:30 pm and still coming down. It has gotten VERY cold in the kitchen where my daughter wants to sit and work on an art project. So I turned the oven on to warm it up a bit. Have you ever done this?
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@dfinster (3535)
• United States
4 Mar 08
Yup, I do that quite a bit in the winter here. I do it every single time I'm cooking or baking and once in awhile when I'm not. My husband doesn't like it when I do it thought so I always have to give him the appearence that I'm using it for something. I usually tell him that I'm baking cookies or something and then he gets sidetracked thinking about that so I can get away with it, LOL!~D
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@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
4 Mar 08
I have cold feet. So my hubby doesn't really make an issue of it. Whatever works right?!
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@kymommy72 (588)
• United States
4 Mar 08
Wow that brings back memories for me LOL. I remember my mom doing that when I was a kid. Cold winter mornings while getting ready to go to school, my mom would turn on the oven so the kitchen would be warm enough to eat some breakfast before heading out the door. I would always park myself right in front of the oven to suck up all that heat. I haven't thought of that in a long time. Thanks for the flash back :)
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@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
4 Mar 08
You are very welcome. Maybe you should go turn your oven on right now!lol
@magikrose (5424)
• United States
4 Mar 08
There had been a few times that our heater decided to be picky and not work so as a temporary fix we would use the oven for heat. We just had to watch out for the kids and the cats. LOL
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
4 Mar 08
Yep. I remember Mom doing it often when I was a kid and we'd run out of oil. I had to do it myself a couple of weeks ago when the furnace broke and I couldn't reach the landlord until the end of the day. It was in the single digits outside and I had two space heaters and the oven on. It still never got above 55 or so in here.
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@Carmetaf (309)
• United States
4 Mar 08
Yes...a great way to heat the kitchen up is to boil a big pot of beans for a soup. They take a good amount of time to boil and the humidity makes the room feel warmer than just dry heat would. If you don't have beans, pasta is a good choice, or if you don't want to make anything in particular you could throw some orange, lemon, lime rinds into the pot and add a citrus smell... let it take you away to the tropics ;)
@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
4 Mar 08
ooooo that sounds good. Too bad I already started the meat loaf for dinner. I will have to remember that in the future. Thanks for the idea.
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@Carmetaf (309)
• United States
4 Mar 08
Meatloaf sounds divine right now. I made a great looking lunch and took photos of it. (in the mylot cooking discussion group) and I hardly got ANY. We had stuffed mushrooms, sweet potato and baked herb pork chops... I got a few bites.
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
6 Mar 08
I have! just a few weeks ago I was desperate and used the oven. I think it is a very expensive means of heating a room though. probably be less expensive to buy another portable heater.
• United States
5 Mar 08
No, not that I can recall. Seems dangerous. Sometimes I cook when it is cold because the heat of cooking can also warm the house. That's just a counter point to the summer when there are times I can't cook because my wife feels it will heat up the house.
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
5 Mar 08
I do not turn on the oven strictly for heating the kitchen. I will use it as an excuse to bake something. It was pretty cold here today, so I decided to bake a pie. My grandfather gave me some black raspberries that had been picked off his bushes and frozen, so I used those to make a pie. OMG! It was so good. I have not had a black raspberry pie since before my grandmother passed. It was my favorite of hers.
@williamjisir (22903)
• China
5 Mar 08
Hello dear ersmommy. I am so sorry to know that you are still having snow weather in your place while we are enjoying the warm spring in the sun these days. By the way, I usually use my movable heater in the room where I stay to keep me warm on cold days. Please pay attention to the safety while using the oven to warm up the kitchen. Take care and stay warm, dear friend.
• Canada
5 Mar 08
yeah, i've done this too, but to warm up the kitchen and living room-small apartment with lousy heat. so glad i'm moving at the end of the month! i think everyone's done this at some point...heat is heat i guess!