Gas stove you mean…
A hammer may be used for purposeful destruction as easily, although it's performance for that would be much lower and require more skills.
you can burn a house down with an electric with minimal ingenuity
Electric heating elements tend to die pretty quickly, if you exceed the allowed temperature. Also, the controllers, automatically switching them off, are easier/cheaper to implement than with the gas.
OTOH, I don't claim they're no more dangerous than a rubber duck…
oh, they're SAFER by yards
but it's the difference between a modern firearm and a last-century one in some ways
modern gas stoves have failsafe mechanisms that approach towards the safety level of electric stoves
yet both are foiled if you simply lay a long dish towel across them and make sure a few flammables in the kitchen are "unfortunately near"
(which is as close to a point as I was ever trying to make saying it at all, honestly)
@solder_on I've got your point, I believe, from the very beginning: I'm just arguing about the details, if you don't mind…
Also, WRT flammable: the highest cooking temperatures are lower than lowest temperatures of the most flammable materials to catch fire. So I suppose any properly tuned safety switch will turn off the heating before it can ignite anything.
@solder_on The temperatures as high as in frying can damage/destroy materials (that's what cooking basically is…), but to ignite them the reaction has to be self-sustained.
Frankly, IDK what would ignite at temperatures only slightly above the boiling point of water in normal atmospheric pressure.
OTOH, this can make the materials more susceptible to other factors (sunlight, sparks, etc.) and cause a "cascading effect".
> slightly above the boiling point of water
water's boiling point is like 200ish F, and stovetops get to 500ish F O_o
plus I've seen grease fires personally (although I didn't CAUSE them, lucky me)
off the top of my head; paper, cloth, flesh if you've got a corpse to char up, candles, a box or book of matches, lighter fluid...
I watched my dad light a cigarette off the stove burner a few times, maybe false memory
but kitchens and houses include flammables in general, I mean
@solder_on Yes, actually many old-fashioned electric heating elements are "open type", where the tungsten thread can be accessed directly — it's temperature is pretty high, enough to ignite as cellulose as fats. Those are as dangerous as open fire.
So, yep, unless we mean a very specific type of stove, you're right: it may cause fire left unsupervised, and probably will, given enough time.
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