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Old 04-30-2011, 09:35 PM   #1
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When my wife is baking french fries in the oven and she opens the oven door to remove them, the smoke alarm goes off. There is no smoke, and hardly any smell at all, but the alarm still screams. Even if we turn on the stove exhaust fan before opening the oven door, the alarm still goes off.

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Steam maybe? Super-heated air?

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Old 04-30-2011, 11:17 PM   #3
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I love hate smoke detectors because they do save lives.

Placing them too near a kitchen is just plain stupid though.

What model and make do you have.
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You probably have an ionization alarm, and it is doing what it should do. Clear the air around it, and enjoy the fries.
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Replace that alarm or live with it. Is it just french fries? Try a deep fryer. (Yes they are higher in fat, but they taste better)
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Move the smoke detector away from the oven.
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Move the smoke detector away from the oven.
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Old 05-01-2011, 08:58 AM   #8
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Moving the smoke detector would be rather difficult. They are wired together so one one goes off they all go off. It is located about 8 feet away in a nook just off the kitchen. I figure it must be the oils in the fries they are using today that are better for you. Problem these safer oils are going to give me a heart attack when the smoke alarms all start screaming again!

I'm going to swap detectors with the bedroom one and see if it is less sensitive.

So far the fries are the only things we have found that set it off, besides the one burnt, smelly smoky pan that was inadvertently turned on. I don't know who the guilty person was who did that.

I'll get the model and make soon. I'll have to go to the basement and haul a ladder up to be able to reach the detectors.

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You probably have an ionization alarm, and it is doing what it should do. Clear the air around it, and enjoy the fries.
I figured most residential detectors were these types. But what little I know about smoke detectors could fit into a thimble. I'll need to dig out the manuals for these things and see.
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Some times the smoke detectors are poorly located---I had to move one in my house to satisfy the building inspector----idiot---within a month of moving in to the new house I had to kill the damn thing.

Where I had it first would have been fine---where I moved it to was a mistake---

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You probably have an ionization alarm, and it is doing what it should do. Clear the air around it, and enjoy the fries.

Since relocating the thing isn't a reasonable solution, you might investigate this guys suggestion (jklinglel). If it is an ionization type detector, you may be able to replace it with an obscuration type detector. That way it shouldn't go off unless there is actual smoke.
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"Bag it!"

But you didn't get that from me.

No don't really do that just kidding.
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Mine is a battery powered one located in the hallway.....3-4 feet from the bathroom. The humidity from taking a shower would set it off every time.

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