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Old 10-19-2012, 09:20 AM   #11
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Re: Smoke detector

Just imagine how much more simpler our life would be if Escape started using self lighting stoves!!
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Old 10-19-2012, 10:01 AM   #12
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But what about those of us who enjoy at least a small challenge in life now and again
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Old 10-19-2012, 10:07 AM   #13
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Re: Smoke detector

Manually grinding my coffee fresh in the morning means getting out of bed.

We have cooked a few times inside, mostly breakfasts, and I don't think have ever had the SD go off. We do use the hood fan to expel moisture though, and don't generally burn our food if it can be helped.
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Old 10-21-2012, 07:43 PM   #14
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Re: Smoke detector

Well thanks for your post, baglo! It made me wonder why we've never set the smoke alarm off, since we also lay in bed while the coffee is brewing (such as it is )

So I went out to the trailer and found that the battery had never been engaged, it was in the detector upside down. Maybe they do that for shipping. So much for checking its operation before every camping trip....
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Old 10-21-2012, 07:50 PM   #15
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Re: Smoke detector

I discovered the same ( battery reversed ) after about a year.

What I don't understand is that the new detector goes off when bringing water to the boil, but it's not like there is a lot of steam coming off the kettle, and the smoke detector is five feet away and around the corner.

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Old 10-21-2012, 08:28 PM   #16
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Too funny. Ours had the little plastic tab still stuck between the battery and the smoke detector. It was that way for months! :
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Old 10-22-2012, 04:46 PM   #17
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Re: Smoke detector

Baglo, et al

I am a former scientist who has done work with particle detection systems. It is not the steam setting off the smoke detector, but most likely the very tiny, sub-micron diameter particles from the combustion of the propane. Or it could be uncombusted gas components (tiny amounts) that are causing the detector to respond.

We have been wetting a paper towel and covering the detector when we are cooking (and sometimes venting as well) and that solves the problem. However, if any of you have tried using spray deoderant inside your trailer, you know that the CO/Propane alarm responds very quickly. It happened to me when camped in Denali Nat'l Park in August. Turns out that the primary inert ingredient in the spray deoderant I use is butane. Well, butane is only one carbon atom (and two hydrogen atoms) different from propane and, well, no wonder the detector went off. Just like it should.
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Old 10-22-2012, 05:32 PM   #18
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Many thanks for the learned post.

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