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Steve Mills

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

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