How do I clean a continuous cleaning oven?
What do I have to do to clean an electric oven after I have sprayed it
with a fire extinguisher, one that sprays the white powder?
If I miss any of it and gets in my food, is it poisonous?
It's a "continous cleaning" oven, that has some sort of porous coating
that absorbs grease and brings it graduatly to the surface to burn
I forgot and left the electric broiler element on, and it seeems to
get so much hotter when it is empty, or almost, and what little food
was in there caught on fire, plus the grease in the bottom of the
One of my cousins threw a glass of water on a burning meat
on the range top. In a fry pan. Aparently, the flames went
down between the range and the cabinets and burned
themselves out. He was lucky.
I guess the OP could have thrown flour on the fire?
Because it was there- on fire- and he had a fire extinguisher in his
That was what my son said to explain the 'toaster oven disaster' a few
years ago. He's about as calm as they come-- but his sister caught
her toast on fire- grabbed the kitchen extinguisher- and froze. She
screamed for her brother- who ran from upstairs into a smoke filled
kitchen. She handed him the extinguisher. . . he pulled the pin and
sprayed. Then he came to his senses and grabbed the oven with a
couple pot-holders and tossed it outside.
Probably the OP could have gotten away with just removing the broiler
pan from the house-- or throwing some salt on the fire. But as it
turns out, little was lost- and much might have been gained.
I've done something like that in the past, but the fire was bigger
this time and there were other differences. I think it would have
been dangerous to try to carry this to the door.
If it werent' for this continuous cleaning feature, there would be
little inconvenience from the extinguisher, but I'm not even allowed
to rub the surface of the oven or it damages the finish.
I've emailed whirlpool as someone suggested.
Right now I'm thinking vacuum cleaner, with the lamp shade attachment,
the only thing that won't touch the surface with more than a light,
What's likely to happen, I think, is I will damage the surface in some
places leaving it just fine in most places. If I damaged it
everywhere, I'd just go back to the 50's and use Easy-Off or something
periodically, but if it's half-and-half, I won't want to ruin the half
that is good.
I've googled and the powder in an ABC extinguisher isnt' dangerous,
though I don't think that item included eating it, if some were to
fall on to food. I'll have to look more about that.
There are two common fire extinguisher powders in household
units. One is glorified baking soda, the other is mono
ammonium phosphate. The baking soda should come off with
warm water, the other I'm less sure about.
This time the fire went on longer before I noticed it and it got
hotter, and the gasket on the outside around the windown bulged and
broke. Do you think I will have a hard time getting or putting in a
replacment gasket? I think the window is a common size. There is an
inside window too, I think, so the kitchen doesn't get too hot.
The gasket around the door might have been damaged too.
Tough call-- but I'd be considering replacing the stove. Your
insulation is likely shot- and there may be a bare wire in there
wanting to spark what's left.
Homeowners insurance might cover it--- but you might be better off
just biting the bullet and doing it on your own.
How old is the stove? Can you make yourself hate it & make this a
Very Good points about the insulation and possible bare wire. I've
been avoiding looking at the stove. I'll look at the wires for bare
wires, and check temperatures at the sides and front to see if they
are hot. The back is an inch from the wall. I guess that is close
enough I have to check that out too.
I thought that would come up eventually. It's 30 years old, but if I
replace it, I have to replace the matching harvest gold refrigerator
too. A) I wanted to not spend the money. B) I wanted to see how long
I could last on the original applicances. I can be almost obsessesd
with that sort of thing.
The dishwasher is also harvest gold but it has one or two other panels
in it for 3 or 5 more colors. I can probably get a sheet of stainless
steel if I have to to match that if that is what I have to buy, but I
don't want stainless steel. I want what I have. I always do.
I even replaced the kitchen counter with someothing that picked up the
harvest gold color, but it will look good or okay with other things
I've even considered no more broiling or baking just so I can keep the
same stove, but I coudln't keep such a pledge for too long. .
A few months ago I googled to buy a harvest gold stove or fridge and I
found one but it was far away. No stove today. :( I did find a very
recent post by some girl who bought a house 4 years ago with a harvest
gold fridge that is working fine.
Maybe I need to look for used appliance stores around here.
I can live without an oven for a little while. I have a big electric
rotisserie/ griddle in the basement that I can put on top of the stove
maybe. And my old table-top electric broiler that I used for years
before I moved here.
I wish I weren't obsessive, on stuff like this.
Thanks for all the help. There's still a chance this one can be
vacuumed and/or reduced to a regular oven, not self or coninuous
cleaning. My ex girl friend has one like that (but she rarely makes
(Tale of minor OCD snipped)
Local Habitat ReStore, CraigsList, local ad paper, the back room at
local Ma'n'Pa appliance store, are all good sources for used clean
working appliances in whatever color you want. You may have to wait a
few weeks and watch closely, but it'll turn up. And unlike a frig,
energy efficiency isn't a big concern with a stove, because it is on so
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