By Ken Jorgustin – Modern Survival Blog
Oils have a smoke point and they have a flash point. If you’ve heated up oil to the point of smoking, it doesn’t take too much more additional heat to ignite into flames. If this happens in your kitchen, either on your stove top or in your oven, do you know what to do?
It’s good behavior to never walk away from your kitchen stove if you’re cooking with oil.
If your oil reaches the smoke point, it’s not only pretty much ruined, but it’s dangerous if you’re not paying attention – because it could lead to the flash point – the point at which little flames start dancing on the surface of the oil.
The flash point is bad enough, but if you reach the fire point – you are in for some trouble. This is the point (temperature) at which the vapors coming from the oil catch on fire. The fire is self-sustaining now.
Fire needs heat, oxygen and fuel to sustain itself. The oil is the fuel, and the oil had sufficient heat to catch fire. That leaves oxygen feeding the fire. We must remove the oxygen.