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Feb 28, 2014 12:19 PM

Oven trouble when braising

So I have a problem which I have not been able to find referenced by anyone else. I have an electric oven and when I braise using a liquid with a significant alcohol content (i.e. wine) my oven door will pop open whenever the oven coils cycle on. I can only assume that the alcohol vapor is collecting in the oven and igniting briefly when the coils become hot.
Has anyone ever experienced this? Is it dangerous? Is there anything I can do the prevent it?

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  1. Your oven vent may be blocked

    To prevent this, clean your oven and/or dilute the wine.

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    1. re: Alan408

      The vent on the top of the stove is definitely not blocked, I've checked that one. I don't know if there are any additional vents though.

    2. There shouldn't be much vapor in the oven when braising since the container should be tightly covered.

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      1. re: C. Hamster

        Certainly when I braise the lid is on securely. I have not had this problem in the past when using the same cookware I have now. It seems to be just this oven.