So this weekend I attempted to bake a pumpkin custard pie. In the middle of baking the pie, our fire alarm went off THREE TIMES.
Believe me when I say that there was zero smoke. We had a guest over yesterday and he actually said, "Why is your fire alarm going off when there's no smoke?"
It went off...
1) While I was pre-heating the oven
2) When I opened the oven to put the pie inside
3) When I opened the oven to take the pie out
Basically, unless the oven is absolutely spotless (my cleaning it usually isn't good enough... it has to be a professional), the fire alarm goes off every single time I use it. There's a fan over the stove that helps a little, but the alarm still usually goes off.
I've never had this issue any other place where I've lived. I mean, yes, I've set off the fire alarm a few times, but only when the entire kitchen was filled with smoke. I remember at my parents' house when I was a kid, I actually set fire to the toaster and the fire alarm didn't go off. There were literally flames shooting out of the toaster and no fire alarm.
I'm not saying that I want to have a crappy fire alarm. I don't want to die in a fiery blaze. But it would also be nice if I could pre-heat my freaking oven without the fire alarm making us all deaf.
I called maintenance several times. They checked the oven and "it's fine." They checked the fire alarm and "it's fine."
I don't know what to do. How am I going to start my second career as a famous chef if I can't even turn on the oven?