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Posted: 3/10/2005 6:10:54 PM EDT
leaving a big pot of water simmering on the stove in order to humidify your home
Link Posted: 3/10/2005 6:12:53 PM EDT
I'm paranoid though when it comes to that...but I would say not to do it..
Link Posted: 3/10/2005 6:14:36 PM EDT
Just buy a MR. Misty!

Link Posted: 3/10/2005 6:14:36 PM EDT
May not be the safest thing one could do, but you certainly arent going to burn anything down....last I checked, you cant start a fire with a pot of hot water.

If you have kids around its prob a bad idea though.
Link Posted: 3/10/2005 6:14:37 PM EDT
Unsafe. Stop being cheap and buy a humidifier.
Link Posted: 3/10/2005 6:16:05 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Red_Beard:
leaving a big pot of water simmering on the stove in order to humidify your home


On the stove?

no...on a woodstove in a cast iron pot? Not a problem.

BTW, Wal*Mart sells them for $20

SGtar15
Link Posted: 3/10/2005 6:17:17 PM EDT
My wife used to do that before she bought a humidifyer but she is always home to watch it. We still leave a pot of water on the woodburning heater.
Link Posted: 3/10/2005 6:18:58 PM EDT
Wouldn't do it if you had younguns running around. Otherwise, go ahead.
Link Posted: 3/10/2005 6:19:53 PM EDT
my humidifier broke, and it's going to warm up any day now, so I don't want to shell out the bucks for a new one (the rat bastards change the shapes of the filters all the time so you have to buy new machines or cut up the newer style filters to fit the older machines)

I had planned on not being a pussy and just putting up with dry air until it warms up. Then I woke up with a golfball size blood clot in my mouth and my face glued to my pillow from a late night nosebleed.

Link Posted: 3/10/2005 6:22:28 PM EDT
You'll put your eye out kid........
Link Posted: 3/10/2005 6:25:03 PM EDT
Wheres the don't be cheap choice on the poll?
Link Posted: 3/10/2005 6:37:59 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/10/2005 6:38:52 PM EDT by lazyengineer]
With liquid water present, you can't exceed 100°C (212°F) (well, actually it can by a couple degrees, since it's not pure water and the activity coefficient is probably less than one - but we won't get into that).

But as soon as it drys out there's nothing left to regulate the temperature. If you put it on high and walk away, you could get that pot hotter than designed, and concievable melt then burn the plastic parts (handle, etc.). If you left it on simmer, as you say, then I'd say no worries. Worse that happens is it gets warm, but since simmer isn't even hot enough to cause the heating coils to glow - I don't see much danger.



Link Posted: 3/10/2005 6:40:02 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/10/2005 6:41:03 PM EDT

Originally Posted By lazyengineer:
With liquid water present, you can't exceed 100°C (212°F) (well, actually it can by a couple degrees, since it's not pure water and the activity coefficient is probably less than one - but we won't get into that).

But as soon as it drys out there's nothing left to regulate the temperature. If you put it on high and walk away, you could get that pot hotter than designed, and concievable melt then burn the plastic parts (handle, etc.). If you left it on simmer, as you say, then I'd say no worries. Worse that happens is it gets warm, but since simmer isn't even hot enough to cause the heating coils to glow - I don't see much danger.







gas stove, all metal pot, flame very low, just hot enough to get a decent amount of steam pouring off of the pot
Link Posted: 3/10/2005 6:45:36 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/10/2005 6:58:52 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/10/2005 6:59:46 PM EDT by rainman]
Like he said. Make sure it doesn't run out of water. Also, as long as your gonna do it, put a few drops of vanilla in it..smells like someones baking bread.
Link Posted: 3/10/2005 7:01:00 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Red_Beard:

gas stove, all metal pot, flame very low, just hot enough to get a decent amount of steam pouring off of the pot



That sounds trickier. If you're absolutley sure you can run it without running out of water, then you should be fine. The only way to test that though is to try it first. And don't try to short-cut estimating how much time you have - The rate of steam formation in the first hour will probably be slower than the rate in the last hour (less heat loss through the pot walls, since less water).

Oh, and don't boil over either, because you could snuff your flame. Nothing like a house full of gas to do your own Fight-Club scene reinactment.

I'm not sure this is a good idea.

-Lazy
Link Posted: 3/10/2005 7:05:02 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/10/2005 7:05:20 PM EDT by Red_Beard]
I'll let you know if the place hasn't burned down in 8 hours. I'm going to sleep.

Woo Hoo!
Link Posted: 3/10/2005 7:05:10 PM EDT
I'm glad I'm not your insurance agent.
Link Posted: 3/10/2005 7:09:12 PM EDT
I've got to say, living down here in the South -- purposefully h umidifying your house has got to be the most foreign thing I have ever heard of

Link Posted: 3/11/2005 3:57:48 PM EDT
I left it on while sleeping last night, and while I was at work today (that was a mistake, I just forgot about it in my rush to get out in the morning).

No problems.
Link Posted: 3/14/2005 12:44:40 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Red_Beard:
I left it on while sleeping last night, and while I was at work today (that was a mistake, I just forgot about it in my rush to get out in the morning).

No problems.




What happens when all your water boils out.
Link Posted: 3/14/2005 12:47:00 AM EDT
Just boil 2 gallons of grease on your stove and then go outside to talk to youe neighbor while its on the stove set at 11,
Link Posted: 3/14/2005 12:50:49 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Red_Beard:
leaving a big pot of water simmering on the stove in order to humidify your home



I think if you feel the need to ask the question, it is unsafe.
Link Posted: 3/14/2005 1:22:41 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Red_Beard:
I left it on while sleeping last night, and while I was at work today (that was a mistake, I just forgot about it in my rush to get out in the morning).

No problems.





You're posting from the homeless shelter.
Link Posted: 3/14/2005 1:32:09 AM EDT
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