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Ceramic-top stove as ironing board?

I don't have or want an ironing board, can count on one hand the times I've ironed in the past decade, and messed up our dining table's finish the last time I did, despite the three towels I stacked on it before use.

So, I'm trying to think what safe surface I already have for some ironing I want to do today, and the ceramic-top stove seems like a good candidate, again with towels on top. Is there any reason that this is a bad idea?

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  1. If you accidentally drop the iron on the surface, that can result in damage. The burners being accidentally turned on can be another potential catastophe. And as I have never done this, who knows what else can happen that would in turn void any sort of warranty you have on the cooktop since you are not using it for its intended purpose.

    1. I would invest a few dollars:

      http://www.amazon.com/Polder-Deluxe-T...

      or

      http://www.amazon.com/HPI-4785008-Ove...

      Save your stove and tables!

      says one who used to iron on the bed until she got wiser :)

      1. Way back in the day I would routinely iron on Formica countertops, with towels on top, without any issues at all. I use to iron a shit load back then too.

          1. What do you have against ironing boards?

            1. not to mention that if you weren't absolutely fastidious about every single nook of the surface, you're going to iron last night's dinner right into whatever it is you're ironing.

              FFS, just drop the $15 on a small ironing board -- there are little-bitty ones that slide under the bed. - just big enough for one or two items.

              You own the iron....so go buy the board.

              Or send everything out to be ironed. (and spend $15 in oh, about 3 days...)

              1. Ironing boards are cheap and mobile.

                Guessing neither is the case with your stove.

                1. Remember to dry your socks and intimates on no higher than 6 in the micro-wave for 90 seconds, flipping them once half way through.

                  1. It would be a bad idea in my kitchen. There's a spot on my stove that, try as I might I can not get rid of. I would most likely find that the way to get rid of it would be ironing on my stove - with high probability of ruining a towel.

                    I use a corner of my bed.

                    1. I don't have a board in my laundry room in my present house. When I iron, I put a doubled up towel on a tile counter in the laundry room, and iron there.

                      I'd find a counter and a thick towel. I wouldn't use my cooktop.

                      1. That's just fine. A towel or two underneath are a good idea just in case something like fabric softener could leave a coating on the cooktop without your realizing until you turned on a burner and scorched it onto the hot area. No need to waste money and storage space on an ironing board or pad that you rarely use.