Challenge: A Safer Cooktop

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Challenge: A Safer Cooktop

Post by seattleuserfriendly »

Ever had a pot sitting on the stove and forgotten it?

If you were at home, you thanked your smoke detectors. If not, you may owe a debt to your fire department.

It would be better to stop the smoke and potential fire earlier and would be safer for seniors, curious children and those with different abilities.

HOW can the power be turned off on an electric* stove if something began to burn? Granted it may continue to burn by itself, but it would help to reduce fires, smoke damage as well as injury/death.

Would it be better to trigger this from smoke from the stovetop or by temperature? And how to allow a cook to adjust it a little higher when searing meat or cooking at high temperatures?

Lower costs and easy solutions are more likely to be implemented.

*A gas stove would require professional installation and working with gas lines.
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Re: Challenge: A Safer Cooktop

Post by Jack A Lopez »

At Seattleuserfriendly, you seem to be just full of good ideas today. I mean there was the idea for a "Instant Pot(r)" with improved, human-perceivable, beep signal, and also a way add more "forced convection", to the kind of oven that only comes with "natural convection".

Perhaps milk and cookies have got you up late, thinking of good ideas. ... =tt_trv_qu


A stovetop that turns itself off, upon sensing the kitchen is filling with smoke, or the presence of an abnormally high temperature on the stovetop, or things above the stovetop, perhaps, as seen from the perspective looking down on it... I mean, I think that is a great idea!

It kind of reminds me of SawStop (r), because the philosophy is essentially the same; i.e. a safety mechanism capable of turning the fool machine off, in a timely manner, at the very first sign of trouble. In the case of that SawStop (r) gizmo, it was extremely timely, like, in a fraction of a second, it could bring a spinning saw blade to a halt.

It is a shame that invention was not widely adopted, due to an orgy of patent litigation. Maybe we will get another shot at that one in 2021, when the earliest patents begin to expire. ... ion_(2021)

Also, I recall someone on that other forum, had a similar idea, for a safety feature for a table saw: ... Bench-Saw/

Anyway, regarding turning off a stovetop: There are ways to turn things off, methods that are well understood to those versed in the art.

The method is different, depending on how "smart" or "dumb" the existing stove is.

If the stove is one of these newfangled "smart" things, part of the so-called "internet of things (IOT)" then there is probably an API (application program interface) that includes a way to, do whatever, turn any part of it on or off, and/or read what its internal sensors say. So the way to turn it off, is to have some other device on the network, essentially send a command, to make it turn off.

If the stove is a regular old "dumb" electric stove, then the way to turn it off, is to first build a circuit-breaker you can, somehow send a signal to, to make it trip (i.e. turn off). Then build some other thing that sends that signal; e.g. a smoke detector in the same room, or optical pyrometer,

that is actually watching the stovetop, to make sure it does not get too hot.
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