Removing plastic melted to heating coil - Dishwasher

A small piece of plastic fell through the cracks in the dishwasher shelf and melted on the heating coil at the bottom of the tub.
I broke off the large piece and am considering using a butane torch to heat up the coil enough to melt the rest off and have it drip onto some aluminum foil below.
Any reason why I shouldn't do this?
Any better method to remove the melted plastic?
Didn't want to risk running another cycle and having the plastic melt and harden somewhere in the pump.
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This is Turtle.
Alan , If you use the tourch , it will burn it off and not melt it off so plan on a fire as it starts to melt off.
I would try turning the cycles to a dry cycle at that point and then put foil under it and let it melt off. Of run it till it hit the dry cycle and then put the foil under it to melt off.
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Alan Greenspam wrote:

You might try packing some ice around the coil for a while...it may shrink enough to 'pop' the plastic. If that doesn't work, maybe try ice around the plastic to make it more brittle and therefore more easily chipped off.
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tried the ice - it didn't pop up
gonna run a light cycle and then interrupt during the heated dry to put in the alu foil. hope it picks up the cycle again...
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packed ice wouldn't crack it off - heat from the drying cycle wouldn't melt it off. guess i can either try to scrape it off or torch it off.
still open to better advice
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Leave it alone. Plastics are inert so let it be and it may wear away in time.
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Alan Greenspam wrote:

Does it have a "plate warmer" stetting?
If it does, you might use that setting to soften the plastic (with the foil under as you mentioned, then scrape off the rest with a dull knife whille its still soft.
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