Stove Fan Filter--How to Clean?


How do I clean the filter/screen covering the exhaust fan above my stovetop? Is it safe to put in the dishwasher? TIA
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I've soaked mine in a solution of water and ammonia. It works very well to loosen the grease.
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On Tue 19 Apr 2005 07:22:25p, FB wrote in alt.home.cleaning:

I have always put the metal mesh type filters in the dishwasher with no problem.
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The grease aluminum filter should be cleaned regularly, perhaps once a month. Carefully remove the filter and soak it for an hour in hot water with a mild dishwashing detergent (such as Dawn), rinse, dry and replace. Do not use the dishwasher. Do not use household ammonia. Some filters contain charcoal and these should be replaced, not cleaned.
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On Wed 20 Apr 2005 07:31:48p, Phisherman wrote in alt.home.cleaning:

If it's a plain mesh filter, aluminum or otherwise, I see no reason not to use the dishwasher. I've done it for years successfully.
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Wayne Boatwright wrote:

After zillions of washings, aluminum can be pitted or eroded by the caustic automatic dishwasing detergent. Beware that your filter may become discolored.
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These filters do not ( at least mine doesn't) contain any charcoal. I am surprised by how thin they are, really wonder if they do anything. I put them in the dishwasher.
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Charcoal? Phisherman is trolling again. I for one won't bite!
The screen should force the air to make sharp turns so droplets of grease get thrown against the metal.
If the screen is too gummy for hand dishwashing detergent and you don't want to subject aluminum to caustics, there are degreasing cleaners.
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In alt.home.cleaning on Tue, 26 Apr 2005 18:04:07 -0700 RT

Mine came with both, a woven aluminum strand screen that the air had to snake its way though, and underneath** that, a neat, flat aluminum frame with aluminum sides with holes in them, that holds a charcoal pellets inside.
**The screen was concave enough to hold the charcoal filter inside. When I looked 20 years ago, a replacement charcoal filter was about 20 dollars. I haven't replaced it often (well, ever). I don't use the fan much at all, and I've only washed the woven screen a few times.

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meirman wrote:

The mesh would catch some of the oil that would otherwise end up on the blower and other parts, but why would anyone want charcoal in an exhaust filter?
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In alt.home.cleaning on Thu, 28 Apr 2005 22:01:34 -0400 Choreboy

This is a range hood installed with no outside vent. Like with most of them, the air goes right back into the kitchen.
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