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Thread: potato bag fire!

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    I recently made a potato bag in a sewing class. They assured me that by using 100% cotton batting, that it would not catch fire in the microwave, "It's the cheap batting that has metal in it that catches fire". Well, not so! not only did it catch on fire, it ruined my new microwave! I made several for others as gifts and I had to call, email,or Facebook them all warning them to not use them. I was wondering how many of you have had Potato bag fires?

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    There have been several threads about it. There's a special batting you must use to make these and not the regular warm and natural.

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    I'm so sorry that happened to you and your new microwave :(

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    a woman at our LQS had one catch on fire that was made with the special batting. It broke into flames after she took it out of the micro. Everything was 100% cotton. Don't think I'll be making any

    Pat

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    So sorry to hear that happened to you and your microwave but thanks for the warning.

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    Don't think I'll be making any either. Thanks for the heads-up and so sorry about your microwave....and dinner.

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    Mine is lined with a white cotton flannel. It was a gift.

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    Someone gave me one last year and I only used it once. I guess I don't be using it again. Thanks for letting us know.

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    Wow! That is awful. Thanks for the warning. I have seen others say the same thing, as well.

    It's a shame because it seems like such a good idea.

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    I just poke holes in the taters and wrap them up in a paper towel, never burned the house down yet........

    But if you forget to poke the holes it will blow the door open!!

    Billy

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    My late MIL made mine.. I love it.. use it all the time, daughter loves baked ( ok well Micro) potatoes.. but then again my micro isn't a high wattage one either.. maybe that makes a difference?!?!?!?

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    If the bag gets any oil/grease on it, that may cause even a 100% cotton bag to catch on fire :wink:
    Also, I would hesitate to put more than 2 potatoes in the bag... any more and the bag gets really hot...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    I just poke holes in the taters and wrap them up in a paper towel, never burned the house down yet........

    But if you forget to poke the holes it will blow the door open!!

    Billy
    I do the same as Billy, but dampen the paper towel. No problems so far.

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    I only had one potato in the bag. I've used it in my older microwave about five times with 2/3 in the bag with no problem. It may be the newer microwave was a higher voltage? not sure, as I have thrown it out and replaced it with the older one. LOL! I may have left it in the oven too long as well. I'm not going to make another one to find out :) better safe than sorry!
    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    If the bag gets any oil/grease on it, that may cause even a 100% cotton bag to catch on fire :wink:
    Also, I would hesitate to put more than 2 potatoes in the bag... any more and the bag gets really hot...
    :thumbup:

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    I do mine the plain way... just stick em in ...DIL uses a plastic bag I think.. but I'm just don't it the plain way. Never had a tator sent back, so I guess it tasted good.

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    Wow! I am so glad for the warning. I was thinking about making some of these for Christmas gifts!

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    I never understood putting fabric into a microwave oven.
    I just wrap my baking potatoes in paper towel, wet thoroughly, and bake in the microwave. When the paper is dry, the potato is done. Like 12 minutes or so for big potato.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tooMuchFabric
    I never understood putting fabric into a microwave oven.
    I just wrap my baking potatoes in paper towel, wet thoroughly, and bake in the microwave. When the paper is dry, the potato is done. Like 12 minutes or so for big potato.
    I am with you. I just poke holes in the potato after washing it and fill a glass of water and in the microwave they both go for 8-12 minutes depending on the size.

    I am so sorry that happened to you, and thanks for the warning.

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    That's scary.
    Sorry it happened to you & the microwave.
    Don't think I'll be making any.

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    Guess I won't be making any of these!

    Did you know you can bake potatoes in the crockpot? Prick potatoes with fork and wrap in foil. Place in crock. Do not add water. cook 8-10 hours.

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    Most people forget to use all cotton thread also. All other threads will cause the bags to catch fire. I found this out the hard way also.

    Quote Originally Posted by Alisapao730
    I recently made a potato bag in a sewing class. They assured me that by using 100% cotton batting, that it would not catch fire in the microwave, "It's the cheap batting that has metal in it that catches fire". Well, not so! not only did it catch on fire, it ruined my new microwave! I made several for others as gifts and I had to call, email,or Facebook them all warning them to not use them. I was wondering how many of you have had Potato bag fires?

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    That is scary! I live at high altitude, almost 7300 ft so everything takes longer to cook. In the oven a baked potato takes almost 2 hours so I was going to make one of the bags for the microwave. Maybe only use them to keep the baked potatoes warm on the table before eating, but I wont be using one in the microwave now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mzsooz
    Guess I won't be making any of these!

    Did you know you can bake potatoes in the crockpot? Prick potatoes with fork and wrap in foil. Place in crock. Do not add water. cook 8-10 hours.
    I didn't know this. Interesting.

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    Same thing happened to me a few months ago. There is a thread someplace on the board that I started. Mine were also for gifts and 1 for me. In a second it was up in flames. I used 100% cotton everything, includeing thread. The fire was not in a seam but in the middle of the bag in several places.

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    100% cotton batting has scrim. Scrim is a very thin layer of poly over the batting. Too little amount to be listed on the package. Scrim is what will catch on fire. The batting has to say NO SCRIM or it will have scrim. Low wattage microwaves will not get hot enough to cause the scrim to flash so that's why some can use it and never have a problem. There is no excuse for any fabric shop owner/manager to not know this information.

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