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Oct 5, 2009 10:50 AM

Quick! Dumb question to make sure my house doesn't blow up...

Sorry, I'm very ignorant about gas stoves.

I live in a house with a really old one (the kind you have to light with matches). As I was peeling potatoes and trying to light the stovetop, somehow I ended up leaving the gas on for about 3-4 minutes. I was standing right there, smelled it, and turned it off. Opened the window in the kitchen, and in the living room.

This was about 15 minutes ago. Can I go ahead and try to light it again, or will turning my lighter on be dangerous? I have a feeling it's fine, but wanted to quick check with someone who would know...


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  1. It should be fine if you aired out.

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    1. re: rockandroller1

      I think the question is was 15 minutes of airing out?

      Since the stove was only on for about 3-4 minutes, it's probably fine.

    2. if you use natural gas this will not be a problem at all as it is lighter than air and just floats on up.

      propane, otoh, is heavier and will sometime 'pool' in the stove top and ignite but for only flowing for a few minutes it shouldn't present a problem.

      1. It only takes about five minutes for the gas to dissipate unless you had a leak or something... the stove is not going to blow up because you ran the gas for five minutes. At worst you'd get an extra 'oomph' and a big flame instead of a little one, and then it would go back to normal. My parents have a gas stove and I whooshed it a few times when it refused to light at first!

        1. This really only becomes a problem much when it happens with the oven because gas will build up in the space and that could go boom and knock the door open with a bang.

          1. Hope you are okay anakalia! Post something please! I'm a worrier.