So it’s a piece of shit gas oven that was recalled a decade ago, all landlords are bastards, etc etc.
If you try and use it normally, the thermostat just stops the gas flow after a few minutes regardless of temperature. Useless.
After some time fighting this frustration I made a wire contraption (to replace prior rubber-band attempts) to hold down the thermostat knob, such that the gas flow is forced on, but it still adjusts the temperature. The only side effect is that the lighter clicks constantly whenever the door is opened.
So the other night I put some food in there to reheat, set up the contraption to keep it on, opened the door and waited for the “whoof” noise of the gas lighting. Then I left to the other room.
Five minutes later my housemate went into the kitchen. They noticed it smelled like gas, and went to open the oven door to check it was working.
You may be able to predict what resulted.
As soon as they got the door open, the air mixed with the natural gas filling up the oven ever since the flame had somehow gone out some minutes before. Then the lighter went off, because of the part holding down the knob. Bingo, fireball.
Very luckily, they had fast reactions to push backwards onto the floor, pushing the door closed and getting themself low down while the fireball plumed upward.
Because of that reaction, they escaped with only some singed hair, eyebrows and eyelashes, and sensitised skin like a sunburn. If they hadn’t, there’s a reasonable chance their polyester top could have caught on fire and resulted in severe burns. We do have a fire blanket in the room but they had not been specifically shown it yet.
@s0 you nearly Home Alone’d your housemate because you hacked your gas oven. I mean it’s clearly the landlords fault but still, lmao
@ThermiteBeGiants the hack was not initially mine, I made the existing one more reliable. Which raises more interesting reflections about how people are more likely to accept inherent risks in an update of a previously existent system, than those same risks in a completely new system.
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