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Old 05-09-2013, 06:36 PM   #31
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The bottom drawer of my oven is just a drawer. The electric heating element for baking is on the bottom of the oven, and the one for broiling is on the top.
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Old 05-09-2013, 06:38 PM   #32
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My oven has a heating element of the floor of the oven. That is for baking. It also has a heating element on the ceiling of the oven. That is for broiling. I can adjust the shelving to bring the food close to the broiling element. Some electric stoves have a preheat options. Mine doesn't and I wish it did. Both elements heat up and speed up the preheat oven that so many recipes call for. I do have a storage drawer on the bottom for pots and pans. A very simple electric stove designed for the elderly.
I didn't see this post when I wrote mine. Mine is the same as yours.
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:04 PM   #33
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just curious: how do you keep a heating element inside the oven compartment on the bottom from becoming fouled with splatter or drippings?

is it sheilded in some way?
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just curious: how do you keep a heating element inside the oven compartment on the bottom from becoming fouled with splatter or drippings?

is it sheilded in some way?

An electric heating element just burns off any splatter. It gets red hot to preheat and maintain heat. Gas elements are under the floor of the oven with vent holes in the floor to allow heat to rise.
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thanks, andy.

that must get kinda smokey, no?
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thanks, andy.

that must get kinda smokey, no?

I suppose it could. Normally, there's not all that much splatter that actually lands on the heating element. Which is why we have to clean our ovens.
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I suppose it could. Normally, there's not all that much splatter that actually lands on the heating element. Which is why we have to clean our ovens.
But it burns off almost as fast as it lands on the element.
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with respect, never an appreciable amount of drip or splatter from somthing that's roasting or baking?

apple pies, or lwhole turkeys, or legs of lamb are the joie de vis for a smoke alarm, and the death knell for an oven here.

i must be doing something wrong.
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with respect, never an appreciable amount of drip or splatter from somthing that's roasting or baking?

apple pies, or lwhole turkeys, or legs of lamb are the joie de vis for a smoke alarm, and the death knell for an oven here.

i must be doing something wrong.
Sure I get that kind of splatter and dripping, but the electric element is really kinda thin and not much lands on it. It is also not in the middle where most of the stuff lands. Yes, once in a while stuff does land on the element and if there is enough, the oven gets smokey, but not often.
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thanks, taxy.

it just doesn't seem practical having an exposed element that doesn't reach obliterating temps in normal use. or do they?

do electric ovens have a self cleaning feature?
i guess someone figured out an actual, engineering type of physical positioning.
i woulda just put a small micro perforated, removable plate over the element, leaving the sides open, since it requires cleaning anyway..


but i don't know the physics. that might be a bad idea if they really don't cause smoke with cooks that are inexperienced with electric ovens as i.
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