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Oct 29, 2012 11:24 AM

Lighting gas oven if electricity is out?

Can I do this and any tips?

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  1. 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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    1. re: kseiverd

      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.

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

      1. 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.

        1. 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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