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Old 11-24-2007, 01:08 AM   #11
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So sorry Good Weed of the North. some where in all of our cooking lives we have pulled some teriffic boo boo's and I am not telling mine
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Old 11-24-2007, 04:53 AM   #12
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Logic would suggest that the problem was uneven heating or cooling
agreed, it even happens to Lab glassware too, that`s why even with Pyrex or Borosilicate ware, there are special diffuser adaptors to go on the bunsens (or we use a hot plate and a liquid medium to transfer heat.

it can be quite scary when you have a volatile liquid heating and you start to hear that tinkling or pinking sound!

uneven heating is a killer for glassware, and of course with 2 heat sources you have 2 areas of expansion and a middle area under twice the pressure now.

Sorry to hear it Bro! and of course being Glass you can`t take any risks you have to deep 6 the whole lot
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Old 11-24-2007, 04:57 AM   #13
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I don't even use glass anymore.

1. Family doesn't care what I use, just as long as it's cooked. :-)

2. I don't trust the glass.

3. I trust me even less. :-)
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Old 11-24-2007, 09:05 AM   #14
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Sorry to hear about that Goodweed -and I'm glad no one was hurt.
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Old 11-24-2007, 11:06 AM   #15
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Bummer Goodweed - I think you voided your warranty when you added the extra heat source? ... ... Logic would suggest that the problem was uneven heating or cooling - but some of these stores about exploding pyrex seem to defy explanation.
Yup. Those stories make sense to me. And yup, I knew that Pyrex is no longer made of borosilicate glass. It's a shame that profit is so much more important than is quality in our world.

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Old 11-24-2007, 11:31 AM   #16
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We had an incident (or rather, I was the cause of an incident) just before searving Thanksgiving dinner. About 30 minutes before the guests were to arrive, a glass chafing dish exploded in my dining room, spewing glass shards over a two foot area, along with the bread dressing that was in it.

I would have thought that a chafing dish would be able to withstand the heat of the little alcohol burner cups that came with it. I do have to admit that I had added an extra sterno-burning cup under the dish.
I'm sorry about your dressing, GW. Good thing you had more

This happened once when I was a waitress in college, working a reception with a buffet. When I started working there, I was taught to keep the lid of the Sterno cup and set it halfway across the cup, to lower the temp a little. We had a new person there one day, and she threw it away before we started, so we went ahead and lit the Sternos. Sure enough, one of the glass serving dishes exploded DURING THE RECEPTION. Yikes. I think it ruined three dishes, since there were 6 or 8 items on the buffet.
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