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post #21121 of 24079
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

I was not thinking about venting until you mentioned it, UnF. Agreed that this is an issue. None of the apartments I ever lived in had it and it's certainly something to be considered if one were purchasing a condo. I bet smoke alarms would be set off by me pretty often when doing things like searing sous vide steaks or crisping duck skin.

 

I set off the smoke alarms all the time when making burgers because I like the Food Lab's smashed burger recipe.

post #21122 of 24079
Sometimes I put too much time on the microwave popcorn and set off the smoke alarm too. It's funny how we gourmets end up having the same problems
post #21123 of 24079
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Originally Posted by UnFacconable View Post

I think the biggest problem I have with many condo kitchens is the lack of external venting. My first two condos both had these crappy under microwave recirculator vents which were close to useless so you really had to open a door and a window to hope to clear smoke or other smells. My mom always used to complain about open kitchens generally because unless you have some sort of commercial vent your whole house ends up smelling like dinner which wasn't a problem with separate kitchens. Obviously nowadays everyone wants open plans so they can watch their kids or see their guests and there are tradeoffs. I wouldn't go back to a separate kitchen and given the $/SF where I live, I don't see things moving in that direction anyway.

Yeah. I wish I had a fricking external vent. A select few large buildings have them, and small buildings leave them as an option...some friends just moved out of a 3-flat that had real vents, although the hood unit was a completely under-powered $50 home depot special.

The smoke/oil from frying is part of what drove me towards sous-vide and buying a blow torch. Instead of throwing a chicken breast in a very hot pan with some oil and ending up with an apartment that smells like cooking and has a film of grease on everything (thanks open plan!), I can cook it in the water bath and then give it some color with the torch without filling the air with a cooking haze.

I'm not convinced the microwave-vent actually does anything, although I installed a recirculating hood in my last apartment that had lots of suction, more aggressive grease catching filters, and charcoal odor filters. Didn't work as well as if I could have run the vent outside, but it did help some.
post #21124 of 24079
I've got one of those bullshit microwave hoods and I think it just recirculates smoke. Swapping it out is pretty high on my list of renovations, but I don't know where else I'd put the stupid microwave.

I end up using the grill outside a lot more often just to avoid dealing with the smoke issues.
post #21125 of 24079
I rarely were mettens or gloves because I am hardy can handle the cold especially here in the STL. But everone else is always like "Man you got to wear glubs you are gonna get nerve injury!" And so to placate all these people I carry around gloves in my coat pocket. But you know what that means? It means there's no room for me to put my hands in my pockets to keep them warm I am colder than I would have been if I hadn't packed the gloves at all.
post #21126 of 24079
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Originally Posted by L'Incandescent View Post

I rarely were mettens or gloves because I am hardy can handle the cold especially here in the STL. But everone else is always like "Man you got to wear glubs you are gonna get nerve injury!" And so to placate all these people I carry around gloves in my coat pocket. But you know what that means? It means there's no room for me to put my hands in my pockets to keep them warm I am colder than I would have been if I hadn't packed the gloves at all.


post #21127 of 24079
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Originally Posted by L'Incandescent View Post

I rarely were mettens or gloves because I am hardy can handle the cold especially here in the STL. But everone else is always like "Man you got to wear glubs you are gonna get nerve injury!" And so to placate all these people I carry around gloves in my coat pocket. But you know what that means? It means there's no room for me to put my hands in my pockets to keep them warm I am colder than I would have been if I hadn't packed the gloves at all.

Whats even better is to have a tailor replace the pocket bags with wool fabric.
Thats the warmest.
post #21128 of 24079
I don't get why there are so many large pick up trucks in the south but no one has made a quadrillion dollars and put snow plows and salt dispensers on a fleet of them when the forecasted 4" snow storm shut downs a whole city like Nashville.

that's how 85% of the plowing/salting is done in the north east, privately contracted dudes in pickup trucks.
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post #21130 of 24079

May I recommend holding a hot cup or bowl of dat chili?  It'll warm your hands and your heart. 

 

 

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Originally Posted by L'Incandescent View Post

I rarely were mettens or gloves because I am hardy can handle the cold especially here in the STL. But everone else is always like "Man you got to wear glubs you are gonna get nerve injury!" And so to placate all these people I carry around gloves in my coat pocket. But you know what that means? It means there's no room for me to put my hands in my pockets to keep them warm I am colder than I would have been if I hadn't packed the gloves at all.
post #21131 of 24079
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Originally Posted by LawrenceMD View Post

I don't get why there are so many large pick up trucks in the south but no one has made a quadrillion dollars and put snow plows and salt dispensers on a fleet of them when the forecasted 4" snow storm shut downs a whole city like Nashville.

that's how 85% of the plowing/salting is done in the north east, privately contracted dudes in pickup trucks.
No budget? It snows maybe once a year and usually only about 1" when it does. That melts off in a day, so the city probably only has a couple hundred bucks allocated for snow and ice removal.

I was in Raleigh, NC once when it snowed, and the local news showed a city crew salting a road. It was literally just a dude standing in the back of a pickup shoveling salt out of the bed while it drove along at two miles per hour. The anchor mentioned that the city blew through its snow budget in the first half hour of the storm.
post #21132 of 24079
The regional dick measuring competitions about snow removal are always stupid. Buffalo probably spends more in a year on snow removal than Atlanta does in a century. It would be totally irrational to have a huge fleet of trucks, salt depots, logistics management capacity, etc, for the one storm a decade that actually requires any of it. Just shut shit down for a day or two, eat that cost, and you're fine.


Some of the stuff about drivers being absolute morons in bad weather is justified though. You see these nitwits who literally set their cars on fire trying to floor it to get up a hill in the snow. Should be common sense not to do that. Somebody did that in DC this weekend, and we get enough bad weather that people should certainly know better.
post #21133 of 24079
My favorite with people not used to snow are the ones that get stuck, for some reason crank the steering wheel completely to the left or right, then can't figure out why no matter what they stay stuck.
post #21134 of 24079
Overheard cell phone conversation in restroom:

Person: Let's get something cleared up right now the elite of this nation do not "do peepah" quote unquote they urinate.
Other person: [Can't hear that part]
Person: Yes I am!
Other person: [Can't hear that part]
Person: So what if I'm at Golden Corral every man needs food to fuel their accomplishments. Like Warren Buffett.

(I think the guy was unconsciously associating success in life and Warren Buffett and Golden Corral, which has buffet.)
post #21135 of 24079
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

My favorite with people not used to snow are the ones that get stuck, for some reason crank the steering wheel completely to the left or right, then can't figure out why no matter what they stay stuck.

I had to stop one of my neighbors down in Georgia when he was trying to pour boiling (not just hot, boiling) water on his windshield to get the ice off. He didn't understand why it might be a problem, really tried to argue about it.
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