Child proofing stove knobs

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Child proofing stove knobs

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Folks
I am looking for suggestions for child proofing gas stove knobs
Our knobs are large size 3" x 3" x 3"
Standard knob covers don't fit
Also silicone stove locks don't fit bacause there is no space between knob and stove surface
Any suggestions?
Thank you
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Take the knobs off.
That is a serious suggestion. Put it on to cook, take it off again.
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Forgive me if this comes off condescending, but the best child-proofing is education. I've told each of my kids sternly not to touch the stove a couple times, and it never happened again. The child-proofing gadgets can become a game or challenge for the child to overcome.

Don't the knobs require two-step activation anyway? e.g. push and twist?
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The age where a kid can start playing with the gadgets and understand a serious no is very different from the age where a kid just touches everything and fills the kitchen with gas.
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I have this https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00068O22S/
Working fine. Difficult at the beginning to lock/unlock but gets easier over time when you often use them.
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mega317 wrote: Tue May 10, 2022 3:12 pm Take the knobs off.
That is a serious suggestion. Put it on to cook, take it off again.
That's what we did. Haven't used our stove since.
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BogleMelon wrote: Tue May 10, 2022 3:50 pm I have this https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00068O22S/
Working fine. Difficult at the beginning to lock/unlock but gets easier over time when you often use them.
Thank you
This cover may not fit because it is smaller than the 3" knobs
mega317 has a good suggestion- we will remove the knobs when not in use
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livesoft wrote: Tue May 10, 2022 3:56 pm
mega317 wrote: Tue May 10, 2022 3:12 pm Take the knobs off.
That is a serious suggestion. Put it on to cook, take it off again.
That's what we did. Haven't used our stove since.
I third this option.
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puddingfox wrote: Tue May 10, 2022 3:23 pm Forgive me if this comes off condescending, but the best child-proofing is education. I've told each of my kids sternly not to touch the stove a couple times, and it never happened again. The child-proofing gadgets can become a game or challenge for the child to overcome.

Don't the knobs require two-step activation anyway? e.g. push and twist?
This is generally my attitude. My wife still bought the Amazon knob covers linked above but we have communicated a rule to our son (1 when we moved in) just never touch the stove. He never does. The knob covers are basically decoration at this point.
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Ours have been off for three years. You get used to using pinchy fingers.
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puddingfox wrote: Tue May 10, 2022 3:23 pm Forgive me if this comes off condescending, but the best child-proofing is education. I've told each of my kids sternly not to touch the stove a couple times, and it never happened again. The child-proofing gadgets can become a game or challenge for the child to overcome.

Don't the knobs require two-step activation anyway? e.g. push and twist?
Not condescending so much as just lacking understanding that other people have different situations than yours. I've got six kids under six, four who can and want to turn the knobs, and while I'm doing my best every single damn day, it's not worth trusting them not to make a bad choice, given the number of bad choices they make on a regular basis. They are learning. If I had two kids, I'd probably be on team "just tell them no and watch them." But I'm playing a totally different ball game over here and trying not to die.
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We bought a $35 induction burner from amazon.
We use it all the time with a cast iron skillet.
We have it on the glass cook top of the stove.

I thought we ran the risk of accidently turning on the stove burner
under the induction induction burner.

After a while this actually happened.
The induction burner still worked it was slightly scorched.
We bought a few more, one as a christmass present, one as a spare, and one as a replacement.
We are keeping the scorched one around as a second spare.

Since then we keep all of the knobs for the stove in a drawer.
The oven doesn't use them.

We don't have any kids. We do have a giant miniature poodle.
He's not into cooking.

The induction cook top is requires a sequence of button pushes to get it to work.
I would think a child would need about 5 minutes to be able to turn it on.

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letahl wrote: Thu May 12, 2022 10:02 am But I'm playing a totally different ball game over here and trying not to die.
So, so well put.
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OP here
I am unable to easily remove the knobs as suggested
I also could not use silicone locks as there is no space between back of the knob and stove surface
So I am still at a loss 😳
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CuriousJoe wrote: Thu May 12, 2022 2:19 pm OP here
I am unable to easily remove the knobs as suggested
I also could not use silicone locks as there is no space between back of the knob and stove surface
So I am still at a loss 😳
Do you have a photo? Or a link to a shopping site where they have a photo?
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CuriousJoe wrote: Thu May 12, 2022 2:19 pm OP here
I am unable to easily remove the knobs as suggested
I also could not use silicone locks as there is no space between back of the knob and stove surface
So I am still at a loss 😳
You have to move.

Or, is it possible to gate off the kitchen?
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mega317 wrote: Thu May 12, 2022 3:04 pm
CuriousJoe wrote: Thu May 12, 2022 2:19 pm OP here
I am unable to easily remove the knobs as suggested
I also could not use silicone locks as there is no space between back of the knob and stove surface
So I am still at a loss 😳
You have to move.

Or, is it possible to gate off the kitchen?
Gate was my first thought. Like the accordion room dividers. Another idea would be to just turn off the gas to and/or unplug the stove and use a hot plate until junior grows up. Not ideal, but neither is someone getting hurt.
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CuriousJoe wrote: Thu May 12, 2022 2:19 pm OP here
I am unable to easily remove the knobs as suggested
I also could not use silicone locks as there is no space between back of the knob and stove surface
So I am still at a loss 😳
which make / model?
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Maybe contact the manufacturer for ideas?
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An elegant solution maybe.

Motorized Ball Valve- 3/4" Brass Ball Valve with Standard Port, 9-24V AC/DC and 2 Wire Auto Return Setup by U.S. Solid

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XX ... UTF8&psc=1

Or similar, installed on your gas line to your stove (say in the basement). Then wire a switch to it near your stove at 48” height. Flick it off when not using the stove. Simple.
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If you do not have the manual for the stove you may be able to find a PDF of the manual on the internet. It may say something about childproofing.

You could also check the manufactures web site or call their 800 number to see if they have suggestions.

FYI, electric stoves often have knobs on the top where they are out of reach but with a gas stove that would mean that you might have to reach over the lit burner which would be a problem so they tend to put them front so that you do not need to reach over the gas burner.
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The risk is less nowadays. From what I've seen no one born after 1990 will get anywhere near a stove.
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MadDwag wrote: Thu May 12, 2022 3:21 pm
mega317 wrote: Thu May 12, 2022 3:04 pm
CuriousJoe wrote: Thu May 12, 2022 2:19 pm OP here
I am unable to easily remove the knobs as suggested
I also could not use silicone locks as there is no space between back of the knob and stove surface
So I am still at a loss 😳
You have to move.

Or, is it possible to gate off the kitchen?
Gate was my first thought. Like the accordion room dividers. Another idea would be to just turn off the gas to and/or unplug the stove and use a hot plate until junior grows up. Not ideal, but neither is someone getting hurt.
We've lived in a few places with gas stoves and even if it's not easy to remove them, you don't have to put them back on to use it (at least on all ours). Our current one has a turn-off valve in the pots cabinet to the side, it'd be easy to turn off gas when not in use and do a standard magnetic childlock on that cabinet. Does yours?
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We’ve got two little ones and have just kept our knobs off for the last year and a half. Only takes about a second to snap them on to use the stove
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CuriousJoe wrote: Thu May 12, 2022 2:19 pm OP here
I am unable to easily remove the knobs as suggested
I also could not use silicone locks as there is no space between back of the knob and stove surface
So I am still at a loss 😳
Shoot. Just saw this. Really? They don’t pull straight off? That’s a tough one
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We just fenced and gated off the kitchen.
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We used these safety replacement knobs on our oversized range knobs: https://www.rangesafe.com/

They are a little finicky to install, but work great once they are on. We bought our home with a 2 year old and one on the way, so we figured we'd be using them for a while.

Good luck
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CuriousJoe wrote: Thu May 12, 2022 2:19 pm OP here
I am unable to easily remove the knobs as suggested
I also could not use silicone locks as there is no space between back of the knob and stove surface
So I am still at a loss 😳
Turn off the gas valve behind the stove, or turn off the gas main if the stove is the sole gas appliance if unable to access the valve behind stove easily.

A few tens of dollars in supplies from the hardware store will create a workable locking safety cover over the knobs if you're feeling handy... It just might not be beautiful. Plexiglass, hinges, a hasp, a lock, epoxy.
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