October 28, 2008

Ambooba




















If you live in Egypt, you know what an "Ambooba" is. A lot of places don't have gas lines so we use these tanks of propane for cooking. It's a fugly eyesore and kinda scary. I've heard of people having it blow up, but I guess that could happen with a gas line, but I think it's less likely. The ambooba lasts our family of six an average of a month depending on how much cooking & baking I do, but you never really know when it will run out. I've had it run out on days of a dinner party, in Ramadan no less, and getting a new one quickly isn't a guarantee. Thankfully crisis was averted and I was able to finish dinner in time. I have learned to change it and I have to check for leaks each time really carefully. The frequent changing is what I think makes it more likely to be a danger. There are covers that you can buy for them cause... ew. This isn't really a rant, they're just a fact of life here but I hope they put in gas lines here and soon.

14 comments:

  1. That looks like something they have in Jordan, they called it "gaaz". They used them in space heaters too.

    Anisah

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  2. eewww.. fugly indeed.. this is what we were talking about befre - RE - our beshamel conversation?

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  3. An, Space and water heaters are electric here, but that sounds like even more hassle.

    Ange, yep the very same.

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  4. Mona - is it kept outside of your house? We have the same thing here - but to avoid running out we have two mondo tall ones (almost as tall as me) that sit in the 'gaz cabinet' outside the house. When one runs out, the other is switched on! :)

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  5. L_Oman, It's next to the stove,(you can see the reflection on the side of my stove)

    That's interesting. What happens when they both run out?

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  6. Hehehe at my mom's house we got gas lines years ago, I think Alex got them first cuz it was easier to install the infrastructure. I have one here and I used to know how to install them but I can never carry it because I have a bad back so I play silly little wife and make my husband do it. You could buy a spare one, that way when you run out you have time to replace it.

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  7. Oh my goodness! It looks scary!!!

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  8. They ran gas lines last year at our apartments in Madenet Nasr... At least that is what I have heard, but the last time we were there the cook top dn't work!!! I remember my husband hunting down the guy to get a new one for the cook top only to discover that in anticipation of the installation of natural gas lines my MIL had one with no hook up on it for propane. Well, it only took them about 15 years to install the the gas line for the building!LOL And now that the cook top can actually be used no one is living there, Egypt.LOL

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  9. Jess, yea we keep meaning to do that!
    Muslimahh, lol!
    Umm Layla, typical!

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  10. Asalam alikom Mona,
    1st time on your blog...it's really a nice blog ...it's really nice that I found fellow Egyptian women bloggers.....
    I'm so scared of ambo
    obas but as u said it's a fact in life here...
    LOl

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  11. Well Thanks Umelbanat, I'm going to check yours out now!

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  12. holy damn, that IS fugly. Ours are called gaaz and are slightly more appealing than that eyesore up there... not so much, but they're blue and have less smut stains, or whatever those are ....

    when we first got one, i'd obsessively check for leaks.. the stories you hear.. *shudder*

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  13. Yeah, we have the same in Jordan. I keep mine outside the kitchen in the garden in a cabinet. We have double hookups so you can switch to the new one when goes out in the middle of your cooking! Happens all the time. Alhamdulillah. I hope they don't get piped in gas in this country, because I think they would constantly be digging and blow the line. They do it with the water all the time, why would the gas be any different??? This is safer.

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  14. S&S, yea its always rust covered! Nicole, you know you're probably right, gas lines could be dangerous as well.

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