Have you had a barbecue accident? What happened?

@lalav1 (1056)
United States
March 8, 2007 8:01pm CST
I had a small hibachi barbecue and never barbecued much. I put lighter fluid on the charcoal, lit a match and waited for the charcoal to turn white and hot. It seemed like it was taking forever. I became impatient and although I knew better, I poured more lighter fluid on the hot charcoal. Fire raced all the way up my arm, I said the worst cuss word ever, and flew my arm away from the flame, (which put the fire out). Whoa, that was a shocker and it hurt, but my arm looked okay. Needless to say the barbecue was over. I could see the hairs burnt off my arm. All night I put ice packs against my arm and it was okay the next day. I think that's the last time I ever barbecued.
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• United States
9 Mar 07
I was pregnant with my daughter and was going to cook hot dogs for some kids I was babysitting. I do not use the grill very often and tried to light and must have had the thing on ignite too long because when I hit the automatic button to light it, it made a loud noise and flamed up. It singed my eybrows and my bangs. Usually I would have found this funny but i guess my prego hormones got the best of me and I started to bawl. The kids thought I had lost my mind.
• Ireland
9 Mar 07
I'm glad that you weren't seriously burned though I am sure it must have been very sore. I shudder to think of it. I haven't actually had a barbecue accident but one of my dogs had. I left the food cooking on the barbecue and came into the house to get some more. Of course I forgot about the dogs and when I returned, my german shepherd had swiped the hot food from the barbecue and burned her toungue. I took her to the vet but he said it was nothing serious and just to give her lots of cold drinks. I gave up on barbecues as I couldn't have them in comfort with the dogs around.
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• United States
9 Mar 07
Let me start by saying I had never cooked on a gas grill until after I got married so this was a whole new experience for me. One day I decided I would cook a whole rack of ribs on the grill, something I had also never done before. I turned up the heat, shut the lid and was off to do some things in the yard. My husband was working in the front yard and was in the back. Suddenly I noticed the whole grill was on fire. The fire was coming out where the knobs where in front and down my the tank. I went screaming off to get my husband who could hardly make any sense out of what I was saying. He just followed me, put out the fire and that was the end of the ribs and the grill. We decided it was a lot easier to buy ribs out and we cook other things on my grill.
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@winterose (39897)
• Canada
9 Mar 07
we have a bbque for the first time but my son is afraid to set it up. The last house I lived in, the house right next door to us caught on fire because of a barbecue. We thought we were going to be homeless. You can read that story on gather.
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@_hope_ (3906)
• Australia
9 Mar 07
Lalva what a bad experience for you luckly you were not badly injured. Our worst experience of many we have has was late last year when i asked my fifteen year old to light our big gas barbeque ( i hate lighting gas ). well he lit it ok and closed the lid but forgot to turn the burners down fifteen minutes later when i went to put the roast in it i was met with flames leaping out the BBQ and so much black smoke everywhere . it was so terrifying to see it .Thank heavens the dire extinguisher was close by but it took the whole extinguisher which was a big one to extinguish the fire . the worst part was getting close enough to shut off the gas everything was just so hot . Hubby wasn`t pleased to see the charred BBQ when he got home from work but was pleased to see that we managed to move the burning BBQ away from the the new ski boat he has only purchased the weekend before .It took four months to clean the BBQ but we all learnt our lesson that day and apart from my son having a mild asthma attack no one was hurt thank god .
@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
9 Mar 07
Well I've had a couple of accidents while using barbecueing. I was staying at my sisters house in the foothills of Mount Spokane. We had had a snowstorm and the electicity was out. Having no idea when it was coming on I decided I would cook pancakes on the grill using a frying pan. Well things were going pretty good but unfortunately I was standing there flipping pancakes when all the snow on the roof slid of falling on my head and the grill. Well that was the end of that breakfast...lol Another time we had cooked dinner on the grill. I had an adult family home for developementally disabled men. One of the guys living with me was young and tried to be a bully at times. We were bringing in the stuff from outside and he had just come home from work. I had heated his food and now was cleaning up. To make a long story short we argued about the sliding door being open and when push came to shove...I went backwards down the steps of the patio. That would have been fine and I wouldn't have gotten hurt normally. The problem was I was going backwards and knew the still hot grill was behind me. So I tried to turn while going backwards. I managed to push the grill over and out of the way before I fell to the ground with a broken leg...lol Oh the memories of grilling...lol
• United States
9 Mar 07
Ouch.. that could have been so much worse. No I have never had a BBQ accident myself but my husband who our whole family starts praying as soon as we know the BBQ pit is going to be lit. Bless his heart he tries so hard but nearly every time he cooks outside something is going to get burnt up and a few times it has been his arms hands or other body parts. Not to mention the charcoal steaks that we have had to throw away. Or the dishes that have ended up burnt or broken :)) Man I could go on and on here.
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@wmg2006 (5383)
• United States
9 Mar 07
I had a similar accident but it singed my eyebrows. I kept putting light fluid on the bricks and finally a puff of wind came by at the same time I increased the flame and it came right in my face. I still BBQ though, I am just much more careful now. LOL
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@Polly1 (12647)
• United States
10 Mar 07
My mom had a gas grill. I went to light it. This was my first time lighting it. I had the lid closed, hot dogs were on a plate on top of the lid. Well I turned the gas on, lit a match, stuck it in the whole. It didn't light. I tried it again, still it didn't light. Well I tried it again, finally the gas built up enough, it ignited, blew the lid up, hot dogs went flying. Scared the daylights out of me. At the time it wasn't funny, now it is, haha. It went boom too.
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@Polly1 (12647)
• United States
6 Apr 07
Thanks for best response.
@seamonkey (1981)
• Ireland
21 Mar 07
I had one of those ordeals where fthe fire was sort of going, bu not really, so I kept having to add lighter fuel. I didn't get burned, but he fire got so hot that I wrecked all the food in the process.
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@paidreader (5151)
• United States
10 Mar 07
We do barbeques alot. My hubby rarely lets me start them though. The only accident I can remember him having, luckily didn't hurt any of us. He set the little grill on our small front porch and soaked the coals with the lighter fluid. Because it's a small porch I reminded him not to get it too close to the wall, & went inside to finish up preparations. A little later he adds some more starter & lights it. I guess he got too much on the second dousing cause it did flame up pretty good, but hubby was supposed to be keeping an eye on it. He came back inside to get the meat I had prepared, it only took him a minute, but when he opened the front door, it created a draft causing the flames to come very close to the vinyl siding. I heard him cussing and banging & yelling for the fire extinguisher. When I got it to him, I could only watch in horror as the vinyl siding started melting. :o That wound up being a very costly barbeque! We still enjoy them regularly, and he's gotten much more careful since then! lol
@brokentia (10395)
• United States
9 Mar 07
Oh my goodness! I am so glad that you are ok!!! It could have been much worse. But I am very glad to hear that it was not! We were once at a friend's house for a BBQ. My friend's husband was doing the grilling. Well, he also put lighter fluid on the coals to help it out. But when the flames got too high, he put the lid on it to try to calm down the flames. Well, when he did that, the lighter fluid created fumes that needed oxygen to ignite. So, when he took off the cover, it was a cloud of flames and my friend's husband pulled the lid off slightly leaning over due to the weight of the lid. Well, thank goodness it was not too bad. It was a flash of fire and it quickly went out. But not before slightly burning his eye lashes, eye brows, and nose hairs. He was smelling burned hair for the rest of the week!!! LOL Funny now...not funny then!
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@Woodpigeon (3710)
• Ireland
2 May 07
We nearly had a barbecue accident last Friday. The grill was burning merrily away and at some pont a button mushroom rolled off the grill and under the bbq. It is one of those pot belly, weber like charcoal burners, and it was hot, and full of food. My dog decided he was going to get that mushroom. He kept trying to stick his head under the drip pan, between the wheels, to get at the mushroom. Meanwhile I was trying to knee him out of the waay and keep him from tipping the whole thing over. I finally yelled for one of my kids to come and get rid of the mushroom before the dog flipped the grill. What a mess that would have been!!!
@Denmarkguy (1845)
• United States
6 Apr 07
That must have been a very scary moment! Fortunately, I have never had a BBQ accident-- but I watched my mother have a rather serious one, very much like yours. She was also trying to get some "barely simmering" coals to get going-- except the flameback to the fluid caught the bottle on fire and she got 2nd and 3rd degree burns all over her hand and arm. Unfortunately she was wearing a synthetic shirt, so it just MELTED to her arm, rather than burning-- it took a LONG time before she fully recovered.