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thewayweroll

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Posted: 11/15/22 09:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ed_Gee wrote:

I had heard long ago that it was hard on the microwave 'tube' to operate it without a 'load' for the power so never thought to operate it without some food or drink in it.


I read that too but it never said that it would catch fire. Unfortunately, leaving a piece of the paper towel in there was never part of that lesson. My post is "the rest of the story".


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2oldman wrote:

If you want a real thrill put something metal in there.


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No metal required in this failed "Thrill" HA!

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I ran the microwave with nothing inside of it.
NEVER do that


Too late! [emoticon]
I was told this in the late '70s when we first had a MW in the house.
I miss the days of spaghetti warmed in the cast iron skillet [emoticon]


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Posted: 11/16/22 03:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We use brown paper towels made from recycled paper products in the break room at work.

There is a large sign in bold letters on the paper towel dispenser saying "Do Not Use In Microwave. Fire Hazard". Our theory is they do not separate staples and other small medal items while recycling.


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You don't even need a paper towel in it. If you read the owner's manual it specfically says to NOT run it empty due to the danger of fire.

True. One of the reasons I'm not a fan of LG prodcts dates back to when they were just "G" not LG.. a microwave.. Sold for home use it was a small 700 watt (most commercial Microwaves are 1,000+ but like the commercial There was not START button.. Just close the door and set the timer...

When your corn stopps popping you take it out. close the door. and it re-starts all by itself (Since there is no start button) catches fire and had not somene grabbed the fire bottle and extinguished it I'd have had a serious surprise when I got to work the next shift (No office type surprise).

Yup. they do catch fire if operated empty.


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Maybe you need to stop using the microwave and leave it to your wife.


My wife doesn't "Test" things like I do. That's my job. I'm happy it happened to me & not the wifey.


Do you also jump in front of a train to test if it will stop in time? Microwaves have been in use for decades. There is nothing new or to test about avoiding running an empty microwave. They are not idiot proof but they do require opening the door and presumably adding material in order to run. If you ignore the basics, why did you also leave the microwave running with just a piece of paper in it?

I guess next time you can test what happens if you run the microwave with a metal container. Don't bother to warn us about the outcome.


Shall I also tell you not to eat yellow snow? Let's not throw sarcasm in this thread! You're being unreasonable here.

I'll explain it again... I didn't know there was a piece of towel in the microwave. I wanted to run all the appliances in the RV to test my 30 amp outlet. I wanted to see if the new installed 30 amp would handle all the RV loads w/o tripping the breaker.

If this is something you find not reasonable then this thread is simply not for you. You must be one of those "fool proof" people that have made no mistakes. At least I'm willing to share mine. [emoticon]

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2112 wrote:

We use brown paper towels made from recycled paper products in the break room at work.

There is a large sign in bold letters on the paper towel dispenser saying "Do Not Use In Microwave. Fire Hazard". Our theory is they do not separate staples and other small medal items while recycling.


You might be on to something there!

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You don't even need a paper towel in it. If you read the owner's manual it specfically says to NOT run it empty due to the danger of fire.

True. One of the reasons I'm not a fan of LG prodcts dates back to when they were just "G" not LG.. a microwave.. Sold for home use it was a small 700 watt (most commercial Microwaves are 1,000+ but like the commercial There was not START button.. Just close the door and set the timer...

When your corn stopps popping you take it out. close the door. and it re-starts all by itself (Since there is no start button) catches fire and had not somene grabbed the fire bottle and extinguished it I'd have had a serious surprise when I got to work the next shift (No office type surprise).

Yup. they do catch fire if operated empty.


Interesting! Yeah, I was testing my newly installed 30 amp breaker to see if it would handle all the rv loads & then I smelled the smoke. [emoticon]

I'm glad the micro tech has changed from that older set-up running just shutting the door.

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Thanks for posting and ignore the snarky comments from the usual empty heads.

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NamMedevac 70 wrote:

Thanks for posting and ignore the snarky comments from the usual empty heads.


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Thanks for the positive feedback. There's one in every crowd.

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