April 30, 2005

I HATE Gas Ovens

Gottdamnit! I hate gas ovens! I hate them with a passion! I have always hated them and the fact that I have a gas oven now pisses me off and I hate them even more. I have learned how to use the gas burners, (which I still fucking hate so it's not a matter of not knowing how to use the things), but I've never used a gas oven. Most of the "gas" stoves had gas burners but electric ovens.

Well now I'm in a new place with a fucking gas stove AND oven and I don't know how in the fucking hell to make the oven turn on. That pisses me off because I'm hungry and I want to make my pizza but I can't because I've never been taught how to "ignite" (oh yah, that makes me feel comfortable...IGNITE?) the damn thing and when I go to look up the information on the internet, can I find anything?

Hell no! All I can find is "buy our irritating gas ovens cheap!" and some personal websites written by people who think gas ovens are better than electrical because if you wait long enough to ignite the thing....oh thank you very fucking much asshole! I already hate the damn things...now I get to worry if I'm not lighting the stupid thing on time?

I turned the stupid knob just like I do the burners but I don't see any flame. Am I supposed to see a flame? How do I know the thing is on? All I can smell is some nasty smell, (whatever they put in the gas to make it have a smell), and that freaks me out because now I'm thinking, "Oh great! My house is filling up with gas and if I dare turn on a fucking light or light a cigarette I'm going to blow the whole fucking complex up. Lovely. Just mother fucking lovely! ALL I WANTED WAS A GOTTDAMNED PIZZA!"

And of course because I keep weird hours and do not eat at normal hours like most people, the businesses are closed and I can't call the gas company to have them tell me how the fuck to work this stupid thing.

Is it an electric ignition? Is the oven electric? If so, why does the damn thing pop like the burners do when I turn the knob? HOW THE FUCK do I make this stupid thing work without blowing out 10 city blocks in the process?

I never had this problem with an electrical oven. Those were fucking easy. You turn the knob to the desired temperature and you were done. Now I have to have a fucking degree in chemistry to cook a fucking pizza? ARGH!

Perfect. I get to go to bed hungry and pissed off. Not a good combination. I HATE gas stoves! I HATE THEM! I shake my fist in the air at the asshole who ever invented the damn things! Screw you jackass! Now I have to wait till Monday for a slice of pizza! I hope your next dinner BURNS!

Posted by S. Faolan Wolf at April 30, 2005 11:48 PM

Maybe you have to manually light it with a match? I have gas burners and an electric oven, but have only had to light the burners manually a couple of times when the gas was low.

Posted by: Ruth at May 1, 2005 12:36 AM

Oh that's comforting. A few years ago I decided to bug bomb the basement living area and according to the package instructions, had to turn off the water heater as it was gas run. Turning it off was easy, I bombed the place and then it came time to turn the heater back on.

I called the company up and made them tell me, step by step, exactly what to do and made the lady sit on the phone with me while I did it telling her that if she heard an explosion and screams, she could immediately call 911. I know she found the whole situation amusing but I do not like gas. I don't like propane either. It's too volatile and the chances of blowing something, or yourself, up have risen dramatically. I like electric. It's easy. You don't pollute your entire house with toxic, dangerous gas and you're not going to blow up your house by turning on the stove. I know gas is cheaper and supposed to be better for the environment but really....how good can it be if I wipe out half the neighborhood while trying to make something to eat?

I really hope I don't have to light it with a match. UGH! I guess you'll find out Monday because if I do? You bet your ass I'm writing about it. And how I will never get to eat that damn pizza after all because I'm too much of a scaredy cat to light the thing.

Posted by: S. Faolan Wolf at May 1, 2005 01:01 AM

I grew up in a houe with a gas oven. Lighting the top burners isn't that hard, just get the long matches.

I dunno about having to light the inside of the oven. Never had to do that. My advice, keep your hair pulled back.

Posted by: mary at May 1, 2005 01:17 AM

When you open the oven door, look for a hole in the oven "floor" right at the door hinge area. That is where you stick the lit match to light the oven. At least that is the way it was back when dirt was new and I had a gas range/oven.

Posted by: Jeffro at May 1, 2005 02:56 AM

We've always had electric igniteres; just turn on the the stove, listen for the click, and then the oven should light. You should see the flames below after a minute or so.

Posted by: Rachel Ann at May 1, 2005 04:01 AM

I have a gas oven myself and sometimes I have to re-light the pilot light and it is nerve-wracking. Get one of those plastic lighter things - I have no idea what they're called - you know, it's like a lighter, but it's long, so you don't have to get your hand anywhere near the flame.

Posted by: red at May 1, 2005 09:01 AM

Hmmm. So, lemme get this straight. When you turn the knob to heat the oven, you hear the "poof" of the gas igniting, but still smell gas? Hmmm. Definately a problem, I'd say. I wouldn't use it until you have it looked at by someone who knows how the thing works.

Oh, and welcome to Munuvia!!

Posted by: Tuning Spork at May 1, 2005 06:01 PM

I remember my Grandparents gas stove. It was a "Caloric" purchased in the 1940's. The top burners had pilot lights, so all you had to do was turn them to desired setting. The oven itself was that same type as mentioned by Jeffro a few posts back.

Having to place a lit match in the hole on the oven floor. I remember being deathly afraid of lighting that oven! But eventually learned how to light it. After that it was a walk in the park!!

That gas stove is like alot of things in life; they can be quite a pain in the arse until you've figured them out.

Posted by: Dawn at May 25, 2005 11:01 AM

i found this page helpful- hope you got to eat your pizza...


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