Have you ever mistakenly microwaved anything metal ??

@Sissygrl (10914)
Canada
March 12, 2008 5:58pm CST
If so, did it break your microwave ? damage the metal ? Sparks fly ? I was heating canned gravey in a bowl and i stopped it halfway to stir it and then absentmindedly shut the door and turned the microwave back on for another two minutes with the fork in there.. and then when the microwave went beeping i got mad cause i couldnt find the fork i JUST used.. well.. to my surprise when i opened the microwave THERE IT WAS IN THE BOWL STILL. lol. The micro-nuker still works fine.. but a few people i told about this have asked if it got broken.. Is that possible ? have you broken yours ? Please share any thoughts or stories!!
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@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
13 Mar 08
Nope, not yet. I will share a story though. Back in college, a few of the other students heated popcorn, but they did it too quickly. In order to remedy the situation... the best and the brightest got the following idea. Reseal the popcorn bag with duct tape and then put it back in the microwave. I tried to warn them, but they were convinced this would work... it working was NOT what I was concerned about... Anyways, a few minutes later, automatic fire alarm/evacuate the building. I asked the future leaders of the world... "What did we learn today?" And I was treated with 5 people talking at the same time about what happened. /temple rub. (Lovingly done, but still... /temple rub).
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
14 Mar 08
lol! Before i moved here i lived in a university city there were like 3 universities really close together, so there was ALWAYS a lot of students around... it never ceased to amaze me how drunk and stupid college kids can get lol!! I know your friends were not drunk, good thing!! they may have tried something even more sILIER!! Thanks for the story pro-gamer ;)
@queenofarms (1659)
• United States
13 Mar 08
My son put a hamburger from a restaurant that was wrapped in aliumium foil/paper. It caught on fire(flames). I have put a butter bowl in microwave not noticing a small piece of foil on bowl. It sparks! Both incidents didn't damage the microwave.
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
13 Mar 08
ahhh was the hamburger still edible ? lol i can't imagine microwaved burgers are very good anyways.. the buns would get all hard!!
• United States
13 Mar 08
No they didn't eat that burger..To well done..LOL..My kids don't care they heat up everything.
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
14 Mar 08
narsty! Some stuff you just can't micro-nuke!! like french fries for one.. that's NARSTY NARSTY.
@mummymo (23707)
13 Mar 08
Luckily no I have never done this and I cannot believe how lucky you were! My nephew did something similar and their microwave did explode! he was very lucky as he had been standing right in front of it not long before it exploded and if the phone hadn't rang and he had moved to answer it I dread to think what had happened! Glad that you and your nuker are stiil fine! xxxx
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
14 Mar 08
IT REALLY did explode ?? whoa. i guess he is lucky!
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@mummymo (23707)
14 Mar 08
It [b]really[/b] did sweety! I wasn't there but there were seemingly bits of metal stuck in the opposite wall! I guess we are lucky to still have him and I am always very careful about what I put in the microwave now! xxx
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@Thoroughrob (11747)
• United States
21 Oct 08
I have, but it just threw sparks. It did not break my microwave.
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
8 Jan 09
yea.. I didn't break mine eiother.. i left my old one in ontario, and i got a new one for xmas ;)
• India
15 Mar 08
I never tried that but after reading what you've experienced am thinking about doing something similar to see what will happen :D
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
8 Jan 09
lol did you try it out there ?
• United States
13 Mar 08
Okay, here's a story for you that spans multiple levels of awesome. Back in 1989 I was working for a now defunct retail establishment that had, among other amenities, a very nicely-appointed employee lounge complete with comfy couches and a half-dozen microwaves to heat up your lunch. They also had about six vending machines that had everything from drinks and snacks to microwavable meals that were pretty tasty for the price. I usually just did the brown bag thing and brought my lunch with me but this particular day I was either too busy or too lazy to get my stuff together, so I slipped my $5 into the machine and got some salisbury steak for lunch. The machine spit $3 back out at me, all in quarters, and as I was waiting for my change I saw something I hadn't seen in that machine before: a package with a picture of two huge, ooey-gooey chocolate chip cookies. One was being broken apart so the chocolate would ooze out of it...you know the shot I'm talking about. So I pull out three quarters and buy my cookies. Now bear in mind that everything else in this machine is microwavable, the wrapper for these cookies feels like plastic and there's a huge sign on top of the machine that says, "Delicious meals and snacks ready to heat." Okay... The salisbury steak heats up without incident. I sit down and have my lunch and when I go up to throw out the empty plate I toss the cookkies into the microwave and set it for 30 seconds. Within five seconds the entire inside of the microwave is glowing bright purple and the cookie wrapper is giving off sparks! I quickly stop the microwave and the smell of burning metal fills the room. I reach into the microwave an pull out my cookies. The wrapper is GONE. It was completely destroyed in the process. Apparently it was made of some kind of foil and it disintegrated under the affect of the microwaves. The cookies were good, though...
@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
14 Mar 08
YOU ATE THE COOKIES ?? lol i would have been too scared to eat the cookies after that procsses!! The plastic foil stuff could have left behind some weird residue!
@chiyosan (30213)
• Philippines
13 Mar 08
haha now i remember this one! yes.. i did forgot that reflective materials are not allowed too! i reheated my meal which happens to be in a reflectice disposable plate! it got burned and smoke was everywhere! i remember that the fire alarm even went off and signalled the people in the building maintenance! you must have seen me went pale! my officemates who happens to be with me that time were all so nice covering up for me a bit that we all tried to put the smoke away from the smoke detector. hehe it was one hell of an experience :( and a scary one too. i guess i will never forget that one... it the alarm went to its full notification, the sprinkler would have gone off and all the computers would have been wet with water!!!
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
14 Mar 08
lol OOPS!! that would have been disasterous!! I think you would have been fired!!
• United States
13 Mar 08
I had gold foil rimmed plates that my daughter put into the microwave to heat up some pizza. Sparks flew and the foil on the plate turned nasty black color but the microwave works fine. I wouldn't go sticking a knife in a potato and leave it in for 4 minutes if I were you though
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
14 Mar 08
lol i'm not one to tempt fate.. i wont be doing that again.. i haev learned my lessson.. lol. So far this pregnancy i have melted plastic to the element of the stove and microwaved the fork.. i wonder what will be next!
@rinaaus (1203)
• Australia
13 Mar 08
Yes many times can not remember at all, But I remember the worst case that I put egg into the microwave and boom.. it explore .. the microwave was gone.. It was lucky that I was not hurt but my husband gave me a long lessons about microwave :) That's all I remember !
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
13 Mar 08
An egg made your microwave explode ?? Why ?
@shymurl (2767)
• United States
13 Mar 08
Ha ha...hamburget meat that comes in the rolls. They have metal holding it together at the ends. I had one frozen, so I stuck it in the microwave totally forgetting about the metal ends, I was standing there and I saw sparks. I quickly opened the door before it could do any damage. I got lucky.
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
13 Mar 08
i'm scared of those burger rolls!! I have no idea why.. but i can't make myself eat them..
@patgalca (16696)
• Orangeville, Ontario
13 Mar 08
When a bag of popcorn didn't pop very much of its corn, I took the popped corn out and then stapled the bag closed and put the remaining bag of kernels into the microwave. The metal from the staples actually caught on fire and to this day (this happened about 20 years ago) the inside of the door is burned. The microwave still works fine. It sure has lasted a long time. But it was a stupid mistake.
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
13 Mar 08
wow!! I this is the first response where something actually CAUGHT fire.. i guess hubby was right! hehe thanks for the response ;)
@lilybug (21145)
• United States
13 Mar 08
I have done it before, but only for a few seconds before I realize that I did it. I am not sure what would happen if I left it in there a long time. I can bet it would not be good though. I imagine sparks.
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
13 Mar 08
I dunno if there were sparks or not, but i imagine so.. i wasn't looking in there i was preparing something else.. lol had i noticed there was a sparkley storm in there i'd have stopped it too!
@GreenMoo (11837)
12 Mar 08
I've accidentally done it several times, but thankfully each time I've noticed really quickly as there were sparks & flashes and a noise. The microwaves can't pass through the metal so they fly around in there making the fireworks. I thought you had to be careful about things catching fire in there if you tried to zap metal. The most dramatic time was when I tried to melt a packet of butter, forgetting it was foil wrapped. I've also not noticed metal edgings on plates & teaspoons in cups of coffee I've been warming up. Thankfully, my microwave has survived all this so far!!
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
13 Mar 08
lol! well i'm glad i'm not the only one who is absentminded about this type of thing!
@CanadaGal (4304)
• Canada
12 Mar 08
I've never put metal in the microwave, and now that I'm teaching my sons how to use it, I'm warning them to make sure they don't do it either. I simply tell them it could cause a fire, and they don't want that to happen. If I told them the full truth about sparks flying, I think they'd be more inclined to do a scientific experiment because it would look "cool". I don't have any stories of my own to share regarding nukers... however, I heard once that a woman put her lapdog into one to dry it off after a walk in the rain.
@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
13 Mar 08
Ew Karen ;P lol that's gross. i bet the dog cooked up like a hot dog in there... exploded and got wrinkly EW! lol. I bet it COULD start a fire if the metal was in there long enough.. that's what hubby was saying anyways.
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
15 Mar 08
Metals tests in microwave - I wouldn't want to be the tester!
I have mistakinly left a fork or spoon in the microwave before and sparks flew and alerted me to it. My brother did it with my parents microwave and sparks flew and it killed the microwave with such a bang! He had to buy them a new one. They all had a good laugh because they knew he didn't do it on purpose.
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@moneyandgc (3429)
• United States
14 Mar 08
I have accidentally microwaved metal utensils a bunch of times. I always notice a few seconds afterwards when the sparks start flying. Nothing has ever happened to the microwave because of it. It gives me a little scare and I yank the door open.
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@mbs730 (2151)
• Canada
14 Mar 08
Yep, and a bunch of sparks flew away and I immediately opened the door and it was steaming like mad. Good thing I stopped it when I did because the damn thing may have caught on fire.
• United States
13 Mar 08
Oh wow, yeah I did one time when I was a kid. My parents brought home Wendy's for dinner. I wasn't hungry, so they saved me a burger to heat up later on in case I changed my mind. Well, I did. I put the burger in the microwave, still wrapped in the silver wrapper. Sparks flew all over the inside the oven. It looked like the 4th of July! I still remember the smell. It smelled like...well, burning foil. LOL! It didn't break the mircowave or anything. It still worked okay after that incident, luckily.
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@jillhill (37377)
• United States
13 Mar 08
I accidently put foil in there...didn't even think about it. I had some little scorch marks on the side after I quickly removed it! LOL
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• United States
13 Mar 08
I've seen aluminum actually "Kill" the microwave, so I'm really not sure about forks. I think if its working fine, then you have nothing to worry about. If it smelled funny or made a sound, then I would worry.
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