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Flammable gas emitted by sausage

Cured meat should not be emitting methane- or any other flammable gas. That would be an indicator of advanced spoilage and you would notice the smell. A more likely culprit, in my opinion, would be ...
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Why can I have an indoor pizza/wood oven, but not a BBQ or smoker? (or can I...?)

Why pizza/wood ovens, but not BBQ/smoker? Fire is not fundamentally a problem indoors; there are certainly safe ways to do it, like fireplaces. The things that make fire dangerous are lack of ...
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Why didn't microwaving a stainless steel spoon set my kitchen on fire?

Metal has a lot of potential issues in the microwave (electric charge buildup + arcing, and microwave reflection). There are too many variables to make general statements like "such-and-such metal is ...
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Why didn't microwaving a stainless steel spoon set my kitchen on fire?

Spoons (most metal, in fact) are generally not a huge problem in the microwave. My microwave has metal parts...many do. Forks are sometimes a problem due to a build up of charge between the tines, ...
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Why didn't microwaving a stainless steel spoon set my kitchen on fire?

There are actually two things worth considering with metal in microwaves. The big danger is arcing and that happens with pointy things like forks and apparently grapes. It's also worth considering, ...
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How did rust appear on my cast iron in a matter of minutes?

The problem with your last step was the lid, I think. If you had placed it on the hot coals, open, the heat should have driven the water off as you intended, drying the pot before it rusted. With ...
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Flammable gas emitted by sausage

It's spitting hot fat - still a liquid rather than a gas. This then touches the element and ignites. Sometimes more ignites than other times. You get the same effect when frying, even without added ...
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Why can I have an indoor pizza/wood oven, but not a BBQ or smoker? (or can I...?)

Please, Please, Please do not try to do indoor smoking without equipment made for it. It is Dangerous! DANGEROUS Devices that use open flame inside your house take advantage of a chimney to let the ...
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Why didn't microwaving a stainless steel spoon set my kitchen on fire?

In order to reliably set your kitchen on fire, make sure there is enough fuel available, and that some of its mass is either brought to its autoignition temperature, OR vaporized and heated to its ...
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Is it possible for a potato to catch fire after 10 minutes in the microwave?

I felt this needed a physics answer. tl;dr: It's unlikely but not impossible - we have to make some unrealistic assumptions to make it work for a sensible size of potato Consider a homogeneous ...
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problem with flame control in a natural gas grill

Firstly, tune your burner for a good flame when hot, rather than a good flame on start. Without knowing anything specific to your burner, I can only speculate on the more generic aspects. Two most ...
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How did rust appear on my cast iron in a matter of minutes?

I realize that I am a year late to respond, but I just found a solution to your exact problem. Perhaps it can help someone else. 1) When you scrub off the rust (my cast iron was totally stripped of ...
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Have I over- or under-cleaned my cast iron dutch oven?

The black areas look like seasoning, which is essentially burnt-on oil/fat. You want that (though probably you don't want proteins or sugars so much, but I'd guess you've removed them now). Seasoning ...
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What to do to cool down oven after grease fire?

So long as the fire is truly out, then just give the oven time. It may take a few hours to cool the metal back to room-temperature, just as it would if you had baked something in it.
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What safety precautions should be taken when attempting to flambe at home?

Kev's answer mentions the most important aspects, but I'd like to add another observation that I believe is very important. Do not pour the liquor straight from the bottle into the pan. Not only is it ...
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How to avoid too hot pan that causes fire

Not likely that pan itself was hot enough to ignite. The auto-ignition point for cooking oils is 400 to 435°C (750 to 815°F). You must have splashed some oil and it contacted an ignition source (e.g. ...
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Grilling on an iron fire pit

This can easily work as a grill. A cover is not necessary. You simply need a grate that fits over the surface. I would go for a grate that fits over the rim, you don't want to worry about shifting ...
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Why didn't microwaving a stainless steel spoon set my kitchen on fire?

It didn't set your kitchen on fire because while it evidently arced, it was inside a metal box and it didn't have suitable/favorable conditions for igniting what little fuel it had available. You ...
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More efficient way to cook fresh caught fish while camping

As you will have the freshest fish possible and only limited equipment and ingredients in your camp, why not choose a preparation that is in its simplicity highlighting the fish, needs almost no ...
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Sunflower oil reaching smoke point on medium temperature. Is this normal?

I assume you're cooking steak when you say "meat." Cooking steak to a safe temperature isn't just related to the temperature of your pan. It's also related to how long you cook it and what cooking ...
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Grilling on an iron fire pit

If you can find a mesh cover large enough to go over the top that's certainly an option, you need to work out a way to keep it in place, you don't want it sliding around on you. Meat will stick, ...
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How can I cold smoke without any of the equipment?

There are smoke extract products available, such as Liquid Smoke and others with the type of wood smoke flavor desired being specified. With only a few hours to work with, you may wish to inject the ...
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Why can I have an indoor pizza/wood oven, but not a BBQ or smoker? (or can I...?)

There's no reason you couldn't have an indoor BBQ or smoker, but you're going to have to either design it for such use, or buy one of the (rather expensive) commercial options. A pizza oven is ...
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How did rust appear on my cast iron in a matter of minutes?

A mechanical stripping is rarely good enough when it comes to cast iron. If you need to strip everything, you have to either burn it off or strip chemically, preferably with lye because it is food ...
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How did rust appear on my cast iron in a matter of minutes?

Oh, I'm sorry to hear about this latest frustrating development! If this dutch oven is truly cast iron, I don't believe there was a factory applied "protective coating" on it. The only protective ...
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How to salvage a totally nuked cast iron dutch oven?

Simply put you nuked your food. The temperature got too high too quickly and the moisture in the pot boiled off faster than it could be replaced by the meat, and then all the fat and juice plus the ...
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Is it possible for a potato to catch fire after 10 minutes in the microwave?

Cooked a potato, medium sized one in my Samsung microwave last night on the "Potato" smart setting .. thing caught fire , was on fire and burnt the inside roof of microwave, melted it .. Doesnt work ...
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Is cooking beans or any other food in metal cans safe?

Steel cans might release trace amounts of chromium and nickel when heated but aluminum leaches much more easily, according to Scientific American Magazine. Aluminum is linked to significant health ...
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Oven caught fire while using self-clean

Grease fires do happen with self cleaning ovens, it's why I stopped using that feature: I didn't feel like I could leave it to get on with the cycle safely and I couldn't sit there for hours. ...
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Cooking rice on a fire pit vs gas burner

The simple explanation is firewood produces smoke and other sources of heat don't. Smoke imparts aroma and flavor to the dish. Firewood doesn't cook the rice any better than a gas or induction range ...
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