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San asked in Food & DrinkCooking & Recipes · 3 months ago

When alcohol vapor catches fire?

While you heat a small quantity of wine in a pan (no oil), if the alcohol vapor happens to catch fire, should you immediately put it out using water or wait until the fire goes away?

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  • 3 months ago
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    That depends do you want to get rid of the alcohol let it burn off! If you want to keep the alcohol in the wine smother the fire with a lid and remove it from the burner turn the burner off before removing the lid or you'll have a flash fire.

  • 3 months ago

    Put a cover on an unintended alcohol fire to put it out. Don't use water. Wine won't ignite though.

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  • David
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    3 months ago

    wine will never burn.  You need something with a much higher alcohol content to get it to ignite.  Brandy is frequently used to flambe food.

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  • 3 months ago

    Don't use water. Cover the pan with a pot lid.

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  • Nancy
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    Wine won't catch fire when cooking. It has too low of an alcohol content. 

    Wine is only about 11% to 13% alcohol. The rest is basically water. You need hard spirits for spirits to start an alcohol fire, spirits that are at least 40% alcohol, like 80 proof rum, which is used for making flambé. But even then, what you're saying won't happen because alcohol boils at 173 degrees, but it doesn't spontaneously combust until 689 degrees, which is why it needs to be ignited by an ignition source, like by a match or lighter, for recipes like flambé. Otherwise, the alcohol will boil off long before getting hot enough to ignite on its own, i.e., spontaneously combust.

    The danger in kitchens is grease fires, not alcohol fires, not unless it's the result of someone putting flame to alcohol.

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  • 3 months ago

    Either smother it with a close fitting top or wait for it to burn off. If it’s a small amount, it’s nbd.

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