Originally Posted by Silversage
FWIW, according to Alton Brown, the walking/jumping/door slamming thing is a myth - even for souffles. I tend to believe him.
It may very well be a myth, certainly with modern gas cookers. but I was taught not to do it so I don't.
When I was first learning to cook at my mother's knee in the early 1950s we had an old gas cooker (c 1946) which, in my mother's words, "back fired" if you banged the door. IIRC it got air in the jets which impeded the gas flame. Possibly the door slamming thing arose from this. In those days we used coal gas not "natural gas" and that may have been an issue