Thursday, 7 January 2010

Disaster in the kitchen!!

Probably the double exclamation marks are over egging the pudding, for that matter so is the word disaster, (it's not like International Rescue was needed) but definitely a case of be careful what you wish for..

This morning I thought next I'll wash the kitchen floor but first I want to give the oven a going over.

It's one of those glass front jobbies by Electrolux ( well actually made in a giga manufactory somewhere in eastern Europe with the word Electrolux transferred onto it when it was about to leave, indeed it could have had any of a dozen names on it and no one would be any the wiser)

The point is it has doors made of two sheets of glass with a space between, but constructed in such a way that any crap can get and run between the panes, you can see it, but you can't get to it.

Now this thing had given us trouble before, it's kept cool with a fan on the top, which costs a fortune to replace and the bearings of which wear before you have time to turn around and then makes the most *horrible* noise you can imagine.

Why they couldn't just have bunged even a modicum of insulation in it thus doing away with the need for the fan *and* reducing it's power consumption is quite beyond me - guess that's why I'm not a designer being paid the big bucks. Assuming this stuff these days actually *has* designers..

back off my tangent..

I open the door, start fiddling with it. Then I *swear* there was nothing intervening, one microsecond there was a door, the next the kitchen floor was literally covered with the tiny exploded remains and with a brown handle sitting forlornly in the middle of it.

And I am convinced there was no intervening time period between the two states.

And when I say exploded I mean it, there was glass in the hall, and under the fridge 15 feet away, and in Johns study, and Dolly's breakfast. All lying there tinkling sadly to itself.

A quick search and it seems this sort of thing happens all the time. And they want 140 quid for a new sheet of glass. Ha! I should coco!

So now it's that quandary, what the hell do you do? I had planned on renewing the kitchen next year (2011) and having a sensible well made gas cooker (yes they even still exist) but we can't do without an oven until then...


  1. as I said in John's topic, toaster, convection, oven. Useful for days you don't want too much heat in the kitchen, and will do quite nicely for the interum.

  2. Ours is a quite well-made stove with plenty of insulation, a thick, tight gasket--and some dog and/or cat hairs between the panes of glass. I cannot figure out how they got there, but there they are. Frustrating.

    Countertop convection probably is the way to go, if you have the space for it.

  3. That's horrendous! Great Gods and Little Fishes, I'm glad I don't have such a monster lurking in my tiny kitchenette. A neat and portable counter-top convection beast will do all but the Christmas goose. ;-)

  4. I'd commented over at Johns - but I love your take on all this! lol.

    I don't understand how 'stuff' gets between the glass either. Mine is only a few years old and I HATE it. But when it was still quite new, I was washing the door off, (inside and out) next thing I knew there was a drip of sudsy water running between the two panels. Arghhh! It's still there!