Skip to comments.Never Use the Self Cleaning After Five Years
Posted on 01/08/2014 12:26:39 PM PST by Little Bill
Suffering from zero weather conditions, lack of activity, and boredom, I decided to use the self cleaning feature on my gas range.
Now, my mother wasted a lot of money educating me in various fields that involved burning things, and people actually paid me a lot of money to help them do it correctly.
So I removed the internals of my oven and pushed the button marked CLEAN.
So I sat back and grabbed a brew to help me get through the cleaning time.
After the stove warmed up the smoke came billowing out, lots of smoke. So I opened all the windows and most of the doors, even broke out a couple of fans, to get rid of the acrid smoke.
The temperature of the house went down to meet the 10 degrees out side when the smoke finally went away.
I learned a lesson from this experiment, never hit the clean button buy a new stove.
The operative fact is that you waited for the coldest temps in 25 years to experiment. I understand, cabin fever . . . but that’s what the beer is for . . . .
What a dolt. If you clean your over more than once every FIVE years would give you better results.
Ovens don’t clean themselves. That’s why we need immigration reform.
(this message from your US Chamber of Commerce)
this was user error. The clean function turns everything to a grey ash easily wiped out. It is a great function.
What’s an oven?
I am a guy what do I know about stoves? My daughter who has three degrees including one from a culinary school didn’t warn me of the dangers of cleaning a stove.
Just doing the jobs that Americans won't do!
After you run out of canned food, you have to mix "ingredients" together and put them in an oven to become food. If you need a better explanation, you are going to have to talk to a woman.
It’s a good idea to clean the oven regularly. Also, not to do it on a really cold day, just in case you get some smoke during the last stage of the cleaning.
After waiting ten years, you probably had about half an inch of fat and burnt stuff layered all over the inside. I don’t know, because I’ve never seen an oven that went that long without cleaning.
The self cleaners are good for finishing the job, but I’d use an oven cleaner first, wait for it to work, and then swab it out, before running the auto-cleaner.
The ‘clean’ feature is often an auto-destruct button on many stoves. It raises the oven temp to over 600F for several hours and locks the door.
You need to get in there with EZ-Off and put in some elbow grease instead.
I didn’t fare much better. I don’t use the self cleaning on my oven because when I did, it took a couple of days of fooling with it for it to finally unlatch. The latch release button was useless.
I keep a sheet of foil under the bottom element and change the foil out every month or so and if anything gets on the sides I just clean it the old fashioned way.
Pffft on it!
Pssst, did you read the user manual first?
Or is it, 5 years later, I am too lazy to find the original user manual?
Next time you clean your oven throw in the grill on the BBQ pit,cleans those also.Glad you survived,and the beer stayed cold.I don’t see a problem.
What a day! You learned something new!
Or.....”here, hold my beer....”
They’re both good explanations!
An oven is a very hand tool for those don’t own a press, that for some reason is typically positioned in the kitchen. Sure makes installing fresh out of the freezer bearings a piece of cake after the bearing housing has simmer for 350 for 20 minutes.
ps: word to wise, it is also a good idea not to try putting eggs into the microwave
I am a guy what do I know about stoves? My daughter who has three degrees including one from a culinary school didnt warn me of the dangers of cleaning a stove.
2 very separate issues.
Your daughter paid you back for the times you embarrassed her growing up. Nothing to do with her 3 degrees. She got you good.
As for the oven (and I’m also a guy, btw), RTFM.
I'm with you. If you can't get it from McDonald's or microwave it, it's not food.
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