Dinner's Ready! The Smoke Alarm Just Went Off!

United States
March 30, 2008 5:02pm CST
There was a time when we would jokingly refer to the smoke alarm as my SIL's timer to alert her that dinner was done. Well, I now can say that it is my new timer too. The alarms went off in the kitchen and when Hubby and I went to investigate there was smoke in the living room and kitchen. We have been unable to maintain the temperature of the oven when baking. It can be set for 350 and when I check it the temperature has spiked to 450. I keep a thermometer in the oven to monitor the temperature. I think it is time to have it serviced and replace the thermostat.
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@KarenO52 (2951)
• United States
31 Mar 08
That brings back bad memories for me of my old stove. I don't know how long I put up with it before I got a new one. The worst thing was that I couldn't even make cookies without burning them.
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@Polly1 (12650)
• United States
31 Mar 08
Yep its time, I love your title "Dinner's ready! The smoke alarm just went off". I had an oven that liked to set the alarm off too. My oven now is hotter then the temp says, we just keep it turned down 25 degrees.
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@youdontsay (3503)
• United States
31 Mar 08
I have a new gas oven - we used to have electric - and I'm forever setting off the smoke alarm. What puzzles me is that I seldom if ever see any smoke! does it react to scent? I guess it is usually a spot of something has dripped onto the bottom of the oven. Because I've not really burned any food yet. And it is such a nuisance. We have to open the doors and windows and turn on the attic fan to get the noise to cease. When it is cold outside it gets pretty uncomfortable. While I'm glad the alarms work, I just wish they weren't quite so sensitive.
@Thoroughrob (11756)
• United States
31 Mar 08
I think you are probably going to have to get that fixed. You may have to hear that timer a whole lot more often. It sounds like it might be getting worse.
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• United States
31 Mar 08
Man that is scary right there. I can not stand the sound of the smoke alarm. I know usually that something is about to be burnt or gets burnt when I hear that alarm go off in my house. I have experienced that twice in two different hotels. I know we were sleeping for the night. Then we hear a fire alarm. We really did not know what to expect all we thought was that it was a fire. What made me made was to hear that it was a kid playing with the fire alarm switch. So I know how you feel when you heard that alarm system.
31 Mar 08
thats truly funny!!
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@gabs8513 (48764)
• United Kingdom
31 Mar 08
Lol Elusive I suggest you do have it serviced I mean it is great that you have a good Alarm like that lol but not good for the Food that is being burnt Hugs
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31 Mar 08
LOL I remember one of my cousins saying they only liked burnt food because it was all they were used to!! I also use dto work with somone who used to burn toast on purpose then leave it out on the conter and when she went home after work or at lunchtime she would eat it then, cold, with butter on - yukky! I do try not to burn food as it is unhealthy and does not always taste that good but sometimes, what with trying to keep the children away from the cooker and having other chores to do, I do sometime burn things.
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@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
31 Mar 08
I agree with you..you should have it serviced..Ours goes off from time to time and we start opening the windows and turning the fans on..Always happens when we are cooking with grease...At least you know they work, and that is in your favor..
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@ltmoon (1008)
• United States
31 Mar 08
You know ... they make neat little timers, wind-up and electronic, that work much better than using the smoke alarm! Yeah, it's time to get a new thermostat for your oven. _
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@KrauseHome (34983)
• United States
31 Mar 08
I would definately be considering getting the Oven serviced or get a New stove. I would not think having a kitchen fill up with smoke everytime you cook being something good. I would actually think you would not want to have to Breath in all of those fumes everyday as well. Good Luck with this issue, and getting your oven fixed.
@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
30 Mar 08
Yup, sounds like it's needing something fixed. I worked in a group home one time that anytime we used the oven the smoke alarms would go off... it was so annoying and because of company regulations, even though we knew it was nothing...every time we would all have to go outside in case it was the real thing....lol boy was that annoying. Then of course there would be a fire drill log completed and behavior problems from the interruption... and they all knew that it wasn't a fire.. try explaining this stupidity to a retarded person... Heck it didn't make sense to me... how would it make any sense to them... ah well after about a year the company finally agreed that the smoke alarms were not in good places as just oven heat set off the kitchen, hallway and living room ones....jeez no fun. Brightest Blessings, Mari
@biwasaki (1745)
• United States
30 Mar 08
That's funny! But on a serious note, I think replacing the thermostat and getting the oven replaced would probably be a good idea. You wouldn't want to burn the house down accidentally.
• India
30 Mar 08
Thats a funny thing............lol the good part is that nothing was damagd and no one was hurt.......but i guess it is high time for u to giv it for a servicing.......or brtter still to go for a new oven. bcoz u know saftey first.
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@ladym33 (11008)
• United States
9 Apr 08
That is funny. Our friends always tease me too, my smoke detecter is really close to the kitchen, and if I don't turn on all the fans before I cook it will go off. Very annoying, the stupid thing going off has almost made be burn food several times, cause I am over there trying to get it to go off, and the food keeps cooking.
@mtrekster (179)
• United States
3 Apr 08
get it looked at and fixed. no offense, but nothing is more worse than an oven when it does not keep a proper temperature and wrecks that great dinner you made for that special someone or even loved ones.
@jennybianca (12915)
• Australia
3 Apr 08
Smoke Alarms are set off so easily in kitchens & family rooms. In my case, it is only burning toast or sausages that set off my alarm. My next door neighbour has a smoke alarm in her kitchen that goes off very regularly. When my father was a fireman, they had to attend all smoke detectors that went off in the local hospital. I can tell you that about 90% of calls they attended, was because the toaster in the nurses kitchen would set off the hospital alarm system.
@MsTickle (24991)
• Australia
2 Apr 08
Now that's a good joke and if you don't mind, I'll use it on my Dad. It sounds like the right time to get your oven checked and serviced. I wonder what it will cost. Better that than ruined roasts.
@Hatley (164743)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Apr 08
Well at least you had a smoke alarm. in our new apartment for some reason we do not have a smoke alarm or even a fire extinguisher outside on any of our apartments. When I smelled a delicious odor coming from our oven I just figured that my son had put in his supper and was waiting for it. a half hour later I smelled a not so delicious odor and knocked on my son's door to remind him that he had food in the oven. He blew me off with welljust take it out for petes sakes I am busy.So I did and it looked like a oversized black hockey puck. It had obviously been a single sized pizza at one time. now it was a odorus black circle. When he came out he had to laugh. then we both realized no smoke alarm had gone off so now we have to purchase one right away.
@winterose (39922)
• Canada
1 Apr 08
I think so too, you may end up with a real house fire over the oven, you wouldn't want that. Good thing you have a smoke alarm, have you ruined any food yet because of the oven?