In alt.home.repair, on Tue, 11 Aug 2015 15:59:38 -0500, dpb
Yeah, I couldn't tell what you were talking about until I read several
So the oven door latches like a microwave door latches? And you can
run the microwaves at the same time you're broiling a steak, or baking a
cake? And they get microwaved too?
This week, a couple folks tried the self cleaning
feature on my church's electric range and oven. The
clouds of smoke set off the smoke detector.
I'm on the call list for when the alarm comes in.
The alarm company calls me.
In alt.home.repair, on Sat, 15 Aug 2015 11:31:38 -0400, Stormin Mormon
Well, I managed to poke a hole in one of the disposeable broiling trays,
without noticign it, and now there a big puddle of grease in the bottom
of my oven.
Should I just let the self-cleaning thng burn it away, or should I try
to spoon it out?
Never had a 'continuous clean'- but back in the 70's during my short
life as an appliance salesman we used to refer to them as 'continuous
dirty'. Is yours an old one or are they still not ready for prime
[I'm with you- I love the self cleaning. *That* was a good idea.]
My mother built a house with the built in continous cleaning oven and never
was happy with it. She had a stove that was about 20 years old from the old
house that she kep in the basement for canning. After a few years the old
stove looked cleaner than the new oven. Mother was very particular about
her stove being clean and hated the new oven.
My wife and I have always had the ovens you turn on the super heat and burn
off the grease and they look much cleaner than the other ovens we have seen.
Comsumer reports give about the same report as you did. Most are just not
happy witht he continuous cleaning ovens.
self cleaning costs more but pays for itself overtime. ours is 11
years old and still works fantastic. i ran it on clean just a few days
We clean our more in the winter when the heat is helping keep the house warm
and avoid doing so in the summer.
Holly had written this in response to
A week ago Friday, my Sears Kenmore Continuous Self Cleaning Oven caught
on fire. It has worked faithfully for me ever since it was new 17 years
ago. My teenagers had cooked some pizzas the night before and a piece of
sausage fell to the bottom of the oven. It flamed up right by the leg that
held up the heating filament. The little leg had melted enough to allow
the burner to touch the bottom of the oven and I hadn't noticed it, and
they hadn't told me about the sausage. Long story short, when I put a slow
cooking roast in the next morning, by mid-day the burner had caught fire
and had gone far enough to render the oven useless due to the fact of its
age and the cost of replacing the part. The fire started because it was
touching the bottom of the oven in the place where the sausage had burned
and where the leg had melted down! It was not the fault of the oven. I
loved my oven. It was always clean.
All these years, all I have ever had to do is sometimes either sweep or
vacuum out the dust. That oven NEVER failed me.
All ovens require a certain amount of care when cooking so that foods
don't splatter and spill etc. while cooking. Most people who have really
dirty ovens do a lot of messy cooking that could be avoided if they would
use pans large enough to catch spits and pops.
If you do have a spill, or a cheesy mess, swab out the mess before it gets
baked on. If it gets baked on then you'll have a smoky mess during the
self clean cycle, and in a continuous clean oven, the smoke could affect
I have also had ovens that required me to use oven cleaners and scouring
pads. I would NEVER go back to that!
I now have purchased a new oven. It's a Maytag self cleaning oven with a
glass range top. The self-clean option has three settings. BUT I have to
set it to clean and have to remove the oven racks too. I think this will
be more work in the long run, and I will miss my old oven for its no-muss
For me, the new Maytag's other points are what sold me. I love the size,
the nice look with no oven filament showing in the bottom - it's embedded
- and the oven cooks more evenly than my old one which required me to move
pans and turn meats etc.
As for the continuous self-clean vs. self clean -- common sense applies to
both ... don't get the oven SO dirty that it will smoke or flame. There
really is a certain amount of preventive care that serves every cook well.
Cover meats, don't let foil touch the sides of the oven. Never let any
food touch the sides of the oven. Clean out all large chunks of foods and
debris as soon as you know its there. My teens should have put a catch
plate under their pizza which they cooked on the rack. Never put the catch
pans on the bottom of the oven, just put it on the bottom rack directly
under the foods that might boil over or melt off...etc.
I hope this is helpful to you!
Best wishes, Holly
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Wow, how lazy can you get. Push a couple of buttons and take out the rack
in under 30 seconds.
The rack don't have to come out, but if you leave them in they discolor a
bit and don't slide as easily, but you can save 24 seconds every time you
set up the cleaning cycle.
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