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Oven blows up and no photos. Answered

My wife was making potato wedges last night when in the middle of cooking the bottom burner catches fire and starts to sparkle like a party sparkler. I run for my camera and when I get back to the kitchen its over my wife turned off the stove and when I turned the stove back on nothing happens.

Now that the fun part is over does anyone want me to do an Instructable on how to repair an oven element?

The white marks are from the electrical fire.

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Josehf Murchison (author)2013-04-11

Thanks
Wouldn’t you know it I just fixed the oven and one of the stove top burners blow taking the burner plug with it.
Well I guess I have a new Instructable to do.

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kelseymh (author)2013-03-10

Yes, you should absolutely do an I'ble on this! Even for people who aren't likely to do the repair themselves, it tells us what to look for, what we "could" do, and what questions to ask and answers to expect when evaluating a repairperson.

And also, Kiteman's Law.

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Looks good! The language could use some tightening up (I'm an obsessive editor), but it's a great project anyway :-)

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It's the redneck comming out of me.

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That gives me an idea the last step assessing your repairman.

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caitlinsdad (author)2013-03-10

Was that more of a flare-up from food residue on the element itself or corrosion of the resistive coating on the element shorting it out? I guess the party would have started if you ran for a bucket of water to put the fire out.

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I wish my wife did not turn off the stove so I could have gotten photos of it throwing off sparks it was neat.

The burner is a steel tube filled with white powder and a filament like the one in a light bulb running through the center. This one got so hot it was throwing sparks like molten steel, electrical arks, and flames. The bubbling on the burner you see is the melted burner.

I was wondering if someone would like an Instructable on how to do this repair?

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blkhawk (author)Josehf Murchison2013-03-10

Instead of attempting to repair, I would consider replacing the stove. The fire could have damaged the wiring.

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Josehf Murchison (author)blkhawk2013-03-10

My parents owned an appliance store in Toronto before they bought the farm north of Shelburne so if I repaired one of these I repaired a thousand.

Everything tested and checked.

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Kiteman (author)2013-03-10

Be careful - we had a similar incident, but with sausages. The element for the oven was no longer manufactured, and somehow replacing the oven ended up requiring the replacement of the entire kitchen, which evolved into the addition of a conservatory, and the re-flooring of half our ground floor...

Life lesson: when your wife is daydreaming about home improvements, *never* answer questions with a vague "uh-huh" or an inattentive "yes, dear".

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RedneckEngineer (author)Kiteman2013-03-11

Nothing more true has ever been spoken!

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Josehf Murchison (author)Kiteman2013-03-10

Say Kiteman do you have daylight savings time where you are?

My wife is not a problem I rent however I own the appliances now if I take to long getting to the repair she might fix it herself like she does her computer.

My parents owned an appliance store in Toronto before they bought the farm north of Shelburne so if I repaired one of these I repaired a thousand of these.

I have all kinds of salvaged spare parts just have to find the right burner.

I was wondering if someone would like an Instructable on how to do this repair?

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Kiteman (author)Josehf Murchison2013-03-10

Are you not familiar with the Zeroth Law?

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rimar2000 (author)2013-03-10

I think you could get the spare part easily, Josehf. Or adapt another similar.

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My parents owned an appliance store in Toronto before they bought the farm north of Shelburne so if I repaired one of these I repaired a thousand.

I have all kinds of spare parts just have to find the right burner.

I was wondering if someone would like an Instructable on how to do this repair?

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It is not my case, because here electricity is more expensive than gas, but I suppose many Instructables readers will be glad to read that "how to do".

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I love gas stoves over electric more even heat.

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