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If the power goes out, can you still run your gas appliances?

Asked by Skaggfacemutt (9735 points ) February 15th, 2012

Just wondering, because I don’t see why not if you manually light them, but my sons say no. It was always a comfort to me that I have a gas stove and gas fireplaces, but now I would even be afraid to try it.

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janbb's avatar

I would think you can if they don’t have electric starters.

YARNLADY's avatar

I have used our gas stove in an electric blackout by using a match to light it.

Bellatrix's avatar

Mine has an electric starter but I can light it manually if the power is out.

nikipedia's avatar

Last night I made risotto on our gas stove while the power was out. It can be done.

CaptainHarley's avatar

If the power goes out, gas appliances will still operate as long as they don’t need any electricity.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Some gas appliances have solenoids ( electrically operate valve ) that is opened by the heat on a sensor of the pilot light operating. My gas fireplace has to be “switched on” and gas will not flow if the pilot is out.

Sunny2's avatar

My gas stove lights with a match when the power is out, but it looks like it’s not the same for everybody.

HungryGuy's avatar

You can, but you’ll have to light them manually (with a match).

Or you can plug your appliance into a battery backup device (provided that the electric is used only to operate the sparker which lights the gas).

Zomblue's avatar

Yes, you can. I had gas stove and water heater, and electric for everything else.

When the power went down, I was able to light my gas stove and cook.

I have now replaced my water heater and stove… everything is electric except my furnace. My furnace is dependent on my electronic thermostat, so I’m basically fucked in a power outage now.

mrrich724's avatar

Typically, yes. Electricity doesn’t force feed the gas through the pipes, to the outlet.

All you need is a way to light the gas: matches, lighter, etc.

Buttonstc's avatar

That’s one of the chief advantages to having a gas stove rather than electric.

And also the fact that you have so much more control over the temp. when cooking.

This is why chefs generally hate electric stoves. Sacrificing temp control.

jaytkay's avatar

Your gas furnace may depend on an electric thermostat.

WestRiverrat's avatar

If it doesn’t have a blower or other device that needs electricity to keep it running. Usually stoves can be used.

gailcalled's avatar

i can bypass the electric starters on my gas stovetop and light the burners with a match.

woodcutter's avatar

We can get hot water, and shower. And cook with our gas stove. It has open pilot lights. But the furnace is useless without the power to run the blower as well as other parts of it. This is when being the woodcutter is gold and the fireplace is the shrine.

Skaggfacemutt's avatar

Thanks, everyone! When I turn my stove burners on, I turn it to the red dot and it goes click, click, click. I think this is the electric thingy. After it lights, I turn it past the red dot to cook. So if the power is out, do I turn it past the red dot and light it with a match?

The fireplaces light with an on/off switch on the wall. I don’t have a clue how I would by-pass that.

gailcalled's avatar

Yes; the clicking sound is the electric starter.

LIght your match first and then turn the burner to the red dot. Avert your face. Hold match carefully to space where the electric spark normally appears/

Use fireplace matches with long wooden handles if possible.

Skaggfacemutt's avatar

Okey-dokey! Thanks @gailcalled !

woodcutter's avatar

Avert your face best advise ever…unless the smell of burnt hair is a turn on. I can’t stand it.

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