Carbon Monoxide and Your Oven

Reblogger Barbara Todaro
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You'll be surprised at this one.... 

Original content by Charles Buell

It may not be the Turkey that makes you sleepy.

 

Carbon monoxide from an electric oven


Cooking the turkey for hours can introduce considerable amounts of carbon monoxide to the home during the cooking process. Turkey has a component that has been attributed to that nap after dinner. Others hypothesize it is just eating too much that leads to sleepiness. It is also possible that exposure to Carbon Monoxide is a contributor.


If carbon monoxide is a culprit, it is not only related to gas ovens.


I am not sure how much CO is given off in an electric oven during the cooking of a turkey, but certainly some amount is likely. I will have to wait until Thanksgiving to get more information on that.


Considerable is created when using the self-clean function of the oven.


My own oven gives off between 28 and 3 PPM for the first 1-1/2 hours of the 3 hour cycle. After that time, whatever was creating the CO was successfully incinerated and CO levels dropped to normal.


These amounts are perhaps not enough to kill you, but certainly enough to affect a person–especially infants that might be around.


In the first 15 minutes of operation, my own oven gave off about 28 PPM, after about half an hour it settled down to 12 PPM and after about an hour it was down to 5 PPM. At the one-hour mark, ambient CO levels in the kitchen 10 feet away from the oven hovered around 3 PPM—with the exhaust fan on and a window open.


I suspect the amount of CO will depend on what the oven is burning off in the cleaning mode, and levels likely could be considerably higher, and for longer periods of time, if the oven is not cleaned very often. I clean min probably twice a year. I may start doing it more often now.


Of course your ordinary CO alarm is “not allowed” to alarm, per its listing, at these low levels, so most of the time you will have no idea why you need a nap.


I think the lesson here is to clean your ovens regularly–don’t wait until you can see the bottom of the oven. You should also run the kitchen exhaust hood the whole cleaning cycle and keep a window open.


Perhaps I will go take a nap, while I wait for the oven to finish.


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Nina Hollander
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Great reblog, Barbara... I never saw the original post and had no idea about this. Learn something new in the Rain every day, it seems.

May 11, 2019 05:26 AM #1
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Barbara. This is a really good re-blog to share. Important and seldom thought about.

May 11, 2019 05:32 AM #2
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Roy Kelley
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Thank you very much, Barbara, for sharing this excellent reblog selection.

May 11, 2019 06:50 AM #3
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May 11, 2019 06:51 AM #4
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Grant Schneider
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Good morning Barbara - thanks for this re blog.  Now I will take precaution when we use the self clean function.

May 11, 2019 06:57 AM #5
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I was surprised! My gosh, I'm going to have a whole new cautious attitude around our oven. Yikes. D 

May 11, 2019 07:33 AM #6
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Brian England
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Hmm, now I understand what all the to do is about having carbon monoxide detectors in our homes.

May 11, 2019 07:45 AM #7
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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I did not know this.  Thanks for the post, Barbara Todaro.

May 11, 2019 08:43 AM #8
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Will Hamm
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Interesting Barbara, If is thev first time I heard aboutfrom a electric oven.  You just could of save some lifes.

 

 

May 11, 2019 08:55 AM #9
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Thanks for the reblog...who knew? Sounds like we need to get out of the house when the self-cleaning mode  is working

May 11, 2019 09:09 AM #10
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Morning Barbara.

Well this is a new one on me.  I don't care for turkey, this past Thanksgiving we had chicken, no turkey.  

May 12, 2019 02:09 AM #11
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