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Burning Down the House... or Office.

Rice BagIt's been a while since I've put something into the microwave and seen sparks fly... not counting today when I got to relive the thrill.

A popular "North-land" item is a hand made cloth bag filled with rice or corn that can be put in the microwave for a minute or two. This makes a great heat pad you can use to warm your hands or any other part of your anatomy.

Carol made the one to the left for me yesterday out of one of my favorite corduroy shirts that I had worn out. We have several such homemade bags at home, my favorite being one made out of an old Vikings sweatshirt with a big embroidered logo on it.

MicroMeltDwnI also keep one of these handy warmers at the office where I turn the furnace down to 62 degrees when I'm not there. It's nice to drop in my lap until the furnace gets the home back up to 70 degrees.

Today, like many others, I pulled the bag out of a kitchen drawer and through it into the microwave.

Unlike other days I noticed a spark shortly after starting the microwave. I looked in disbelieve for a moment and then a few more sparks, a flame, and the smell of smoke. What the heck!

I shut the microwave down, removed the damaged bag, and of course spilled out a bunch of rice all over the floor.

The culprit... a bread tie that was also in the kitchen drawer hitched a ride by clinging onto the bag and I failed to notice it. It's a good thing I was right their and not multi-tasking throwing the bag in the microwave and then going off to do something else.

I guess if there is a moral to the story it would be: Be aware of what your cooking in the kitchen... even in a microwave.

 

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Comment balloon 28 commentsBob "RealMan" Timm • October 19 2018 07:29PM

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Thanks for sharing this story.

All of us need to be careful when putting items in the microwave.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 5 months ago

It's very easy to take a familiar appliance for granted Roy Kelley , I'm glad I was right there when this happened.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) 5 months ago

Bob,

We do not have a microwave, nor do we want one...never have and never will...A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 5 months ago

I can't imagine life without one Ron and Alexandra Seigel . I use it most for warming up coffee and TV diners.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) 5 months ago

Bob "RealMan" Timm I think Ron would be horrified if I were to even look at TV dinners.  We both love to cook...LOL A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 5 months ago

Bob, that was a good thing you were not multi-tasking, and saw this happening, could have been a bad Friday! 

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 5 months ago

I have  this happen to me.  I didn't see a staple and It it mgs up real fast

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) 5 months ago

Oh my goodness.  And, you stopped to take pictures with all that going on?  I'm impressed.  It's a testament to what some bloggers will do to bring a story to press.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 5 months ago

Joan Cox , Yes, a BLACK Friday from the smoke.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) 5 months ago

It sure does William Feela . That little twist tie started the cloth bag on fire in seconds.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) 5 months ago

LOL Myrl Jeffcoat no, thank God, that picture is not of my microwave. I got the burning contents out before it damaged the microwave.... except there was some serious cleaning necessary.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) 5 months ago

Dear Bob,

Oh, my goodness!! I have barley bags for the same purpose. A friend is a barley researcher, so they were gifts one year. Luckily no bread tags in those. You learn something new every day.

Posted by Dörte Engel, ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland (RE/MAX Leading Edge) 5 months ago

Thank goodness you were right there, Bob. What a freak thing to have happen.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 5 months ago

Wow, that was a mess. I have started a small fire in the microwave with a bread tie. They tend to hide themselves.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) 5 months ago

Morning Bob.

So, did you save your favorite bag of rice, or was it burned so bad you had to throw it away

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) 5 months ago

Hello Bob - it's been some time since I have seen sparks fly in the microwave oven - fun times/memories. 

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 5 months ago

Dorte, the twist tie clung on to the bag and I did not notice it until it was to late. I have not heard of using barley so I may have to try that next time to see how long it retains the heat.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) 5 months ago

It was a freak thing Jeff Dowler, CRS and you are correct that I was really lucky to have been right there.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) 5 months ago

This one did Debbie Reynolds and it was actually a pretty good sized one but I just wasn't looking for it.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) 5 months ago

Lucky for me this was not my favorite James Dray because it was thoroughly destroyed. I really like the new one Carlo made with the pocket on it.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) 5 months ago

Michael Jacobs I remember the 1st time I put a mug in that had a silver ring around the top... that was an eye opener.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) 5 months ago

Hi Bob- thank goodness it wasn't too bad except for the cleaning part!!!  I have something like that for our neck that I bought years ago. It smells like bread baking and I love it. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 5 months ago

Yours must be filled with wheat Kathy Streib . I think I'd like that as well.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) 5 months ago

Bob, my mother-in-law makes those bags. We've got them all over here. Great for keeping your hands warm.

Posted by Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) 4 months ago

We have several as well Mike Cooper , I  especially like to throw one under the sheets about 15  before bed time.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) 4 months ago

Good morning, Bob "RealMan" Timm that's one of my greatest fears in the kitchen.... I'm always mindful but my mind is aging!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 2 months ago

Good morning Bob. What a really scary story this is. Sooooooo sorry about this.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 2 months ago

HI Bob "RealMan" Timm - You are so lucky you were there.  I have a bad habit of putting a cup of coffee to warm it in the micro and walking away.  Then I wonder what that continually "beep" is. LOL!

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 2 months ago

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