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WARNING! Bird lovers of ANY kind. Teflon fumes will kill.

Posted Saturday, December 1, 2012, at 9:14 AM

I tried to get the most important things out in the headline, but here is some more information.

Since I am not a "keeper of birds", I do not keep up on things like this, so it may not be new to you, but the new chicken farmer or bird hobbyist take note, the fumes that come from Teflon being heated, can and most likely will kill your birds.

Now unless you keep birds in your kitchen, you might think that cannot affect you but a recent article in Farm Show magazine pointed out that many of the rugged duty light bulbs use Teflon to cover their bulbs. http://www.farmshow.com/a_article.php?ai...

Some manufacturers do not put any warning on the bulb about their coating. GE Rough Service Worklight 100 may not have any comment or warning. Sylvania Rough Service Frosted apparently does.

Regardless, either one can kill your flock if they are in an enclosed area or come into long enough contact, like using it to heat an area or warm a water dish to keep from freezing.

Here is one tragic story, but Google it and you will find MUCH more. http://www.backyardpoultrymag.com/issues...

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In the Farm Show magazine they also raise an interesting question. What can these fumes do to humans?

Miners use canaries for testing air quality. If Teflon fumes kill birds,......

Farm Show also says that people are known to get "Teflon Flu", a reaction to Teflon Fumes.

Somewhere in the other articles I read was a comment that Teflon fumes are "mostly" benign to humans.

MOSTLY? Sounds like spin from a political campaign.

Do Teflon fumes penetrate our eggs?

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Dec 1, 2012, at 9:26 AM
John Carney
As I understand it, the danger is from overheating an empty skillet. If there's food in the skillet, it would be difficult for the skillet to get hot enough to release the fumes. But I'm no expert; that's just what I've read.

In any case, I prefer the original non-stick cookware, properly-seasoned and properly-cared-for Tennessee-made cast iron. :)

Those of you with indoor pet birds should also be aware of this. Those fumes are highly toxic!

Doesn't it make you wonder how those fumes affect people- especially young children and those with compromised immune systems?

-- Posted by wildwoman on Sun, Dec 2, 2012, at 7:57 AM

Tennessee-made cast iron is sounding better real fast.

I don't know what temp a light bulb gets, compared to cooking but I would think they could be similar. I wonder if they have really been tested by an independent lab?

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Dec 2, 2012, at 7:40 PM

By the way, I love the Lodge cast iron factory outlet store in South Pittsburg -- well worth a stop the next time you're headed to Chattanooga. Everything is reasonably-priced, but the real values are the "factory seconds" in the side room. I usually can't tell what is supposed to be wrong with the factory seconds, and they're much cheaper than the first-run merchandise.

There's also a Lodge store up in the Pigeon Forge / Sevierville area, but as I understand it only the South Pittsburg store, right next to the factory, has the factory seconds.

-- Posted by jcarney on Sun, Dec 2, 2012, at 9:02 PM

For those not familiar with the cookware to which jcarney is referring, remember his first comment about being it needing to be "properly-seasoned and properly-cared-for".

If you run out to the Lodge outlet for a gift or even for your use, don't plan on cooking up a meal with it right away. Patience can reward big time here and impatience can create big frustrations.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Dec 3, 2012, at 7:05 AM

...have never liked teflon-coated cookware. There's only one way to make great cornbread,and that's in cast iron!

-- Posted by wildflower727 on Tue, Dec 4, 2012, at 10:26 AM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.