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Old 08-15-2016, 08:43 PM   #15
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We pretty much just cook breakfast outside the trailer, on an electric grill plugged into the trailer, and have never had and issue with the smoke detector.

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Old 08-15-2016, 08:49 PM   #16
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Mine will occasionally set itself off. Usually when I let the pan get too hot or forget to turn the range hood vent fan on.


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Old 08-15-2016, 08:56 PM   #17
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We have a few small, 6 inch clip on fans that we set in various areas to circulate the cool air. I have one that I can point directly at the smoke alarm for just this reason, as soon as I point the fan, alarm goes off.

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Old 08-15-2016, 09:40 PM   #18
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Yesterday morning, relaxing in our 23' Flying Cloud on a misty morning on the Longbeach Peninsula, WA., I was frying bacon on the stove - one burner lit, vent fan on (vent fan open too), med. heat, 4 strips, not a big deal, and the smoke alarm goes off. Holy cow it's loud! We finally yanked the battery out of it (and later put it back in). There was no smoke. We opened the door and started the ceiling vent. Has this happened to anyone else? Is the stove vent not up to the task? If it's cold and rainy outside, do I still need to open doors and vents to cook? Thank you for any tips.

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Old 08-15-2016, 10:25 PM   #19
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You are going to miss that bacon (NOT) or git a photo cell unit and mount it above the bed, I dont need to be woken when i am cooking.
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Old 08-16-2016, 07:49 AM   #20
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We have a small gizmo that's like a shower cap, used to cover small food containers. I put it over the smoke detector when cooking. I taped a long piece of orange surveyor's tape to it so I wouldn't forget to remove it when I'm done cooking.

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Old 08-16-2016, 12:47 PM   #21
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Before heading out for any trip, i precook bacon in the oven at home, to just about done. This eliminates almost all of the mess from cooking inside and the left over smell, yet gives me just enough grease to fry the eggs! I have been doing it this way for years and frankly can do up to three pounds of bacon at a time, freezing it for future use. I vacuum seal it in the quantities i think we will use. Works great.
We also got tired of the smoke detector constantly going off.
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Old 08-16-2016, 12:56 PM   #22
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Actually this is a great idea because it solves the problem of what to do with bacon grease. We have not taken bacon on any trips because we don't have a jar to pour the grease in, as we do at home. Thanks
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Old 08-16-2016, 01:13 PM   #23
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Switch to Spam. It doesnt do this.
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Old 08-16-2016, 01:37 PM   #24
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Old 08-16-2016, 01:43 PM   #25
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Old 08-16-2016, 02:54 PM   #26
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My smoke alarm is adjacent to my exhaust fan so nothing helps except pulling the battery. And most anything cooked inside sets it off. Glad to read I'm not the only one with this problem
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Smoke Detector Dust Cover

I too use a 'shower cap' type dust cover that came with my home smoke detector. It is easier to use than removing the battery and being red, hopefully, will be obvious enough to remove after cooking.

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Old 08-16-2016, 05:48 PM   #28
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Good subject timing guys.

Two days ago, I fried up a whole package of bacon, (about 1/2 lb.), had the stove vent fan on, the outside exhaust lid open, and made some toast also for some BLTs.

With two FCs (25', current 30') I have NEVER had the smoke alarm singing.
Am I doing something wrong here?

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