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Lighting gas oven if electricity is out?

nosey Oct 29, 2012 11:24 AM

Can I do this and any tips?

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    kseiverd RE: nosey Oct 29, 2012 11:36 AM

    Was thinking the same thing... with Sandy bearing down on my part of NJ. Know I can manually light burners with no problem. As a kid, remember stove with oven that you hadda manually light... match thru little slot and waited for that WHOOMP noise... always scared the stuff outta me! Have NO desire to think about BAKING if power goes out!

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      sr44 RE: kseiverd Oct 29, 2012 11:54 AM

      I think you'll find there is no longer a little slot in which to stick the match unless you have a really old stove.

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      Liz K RE: nosey Oct 29, 2012 11:44 AM

      It might depend...but on ours the temperature is electronically controlled, so no go without electricity.

      1. Coogles RE: nosey Oct 29, 2012 12:02 PM

        Most gas ovens use solenoid valves to turn the gas flow on and off as needed, if no power is getting to the solenoid then the valve will be in the off position. You can usually light the stove top burners sans power but keep in mind that there won't be any ventilation fans running to pull out the CO so crack a window and don't leave the burners on for long periods of time.

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          Janet from Richmond RE: nosey Oct 29, 2012 12:37 PM

          Do not do it. Your ignition and temp control is electronic and it's a huge safety hazard. Use the burners, but do not attempt the oven.

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            nosey RE: Janet from Richmond Oct 29, 2012 07:11 PM

            Thanks! Just hoping...

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