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Old 05-16-2007, 02:56 PM   #1
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I think I just ruined my new oven :(

I didn't know this forum existed and I'll be sure to hang out here in the future. I love to cook and with 2 teens, I do a lot of it.
I just purchased a new convection oven and am thrilled.
I did the unthinkable and wanted to protect it. I hate a dirty oven so I lined the bottom with aluminum foil. It has a hidden element with a cover so the foil melted to the cover. I've scraped and scraped and it's obviously fused. I probably ruined and they cost $100 to replace. I'm so upset.
Does anyone have any ideas?


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Old 05-16-2007, 03:38 PM   #2
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Welcome to DC.

Do you think it's unuseable as is or can you just use it with the melted on foil?

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Old 05-16-2007, 04:01 PM   #3
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I can still use it but it's an eyesore. I'm really upset about it too.
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Old 05-16-2007, 04:05 PM   #4
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I understand the eyesore part. Mr HB brought home a new microwave and I used a 'remover' that said was gentle enough for plastic. Well, it wasn't.

That smeared bit on my microwave door drives me nuts.
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Old 05-16-2007, 04:11 PM   #5
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WElcome to DC! I am sorry about your oven. I don't know what to do to help clean it. Did you try to call the manufacturer for their advice?
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Old 05-16-2007, 07:34 PM   #6
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maybe you could post a picture.

perhaps try bringing the cover back up to heat and try scraping while it's hot.

next would be going to the hardware store and getting some emery cloth. some persistence with about #1000 would bring you through the aluminum foil layer. of course, be careful not to overdo it and go through the enamel layer. the area you've rubbed would be matt, but a little further use of some elbow grease and #1500, #2000, #3000 & perhaps #4000 emery cloth would bring it to a respectable gloss surface. if there are actually blobs of molten aluminum, things such as jewelers files, coarse sharpening stone, or grinder would get through the bulk of it more or less quickly.

someone at a hardware store may know of some kind of caustic that would corrode aluminum, but leave the enamel surface ok.

another thing you might try ,though extreme, would be this. aluminum foil is thin enough to actually vaporize when a high enough heat, such as a propane torch, is applied. if the cover has some small sections that are hidden from sight when in place, you could first try slowly heating up that section with a blow torch to see if it would damage the cover or not. of course, stop as soon as any damage to the enamel or whatever seems about to happen. if it seems to take the high heat well, you could then apply the flame directly to the aluminum foil.

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Old 05-20-2007, 11:24 PM   #7
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If you are talking about a full-sized convection oven - try running it through the self-cleaning cycle. If you're talking about a table-top convection oven and the bottom cover is removeable - try placing it in your full size oven and running it through a self-cleaning cycle.

Knowing what brand and model oven you are talking about would be a great help in finding you an answer.
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Old 06-14-2007, 11:15 AM   #8
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Waitwaitwait... Aluminum? Melted? That would require localized temps around 1200F!

Okay, if you're really screwed, uhm... The only thing I could think of would be to find someone who welds, and ask him if copper wick could soak up molten aluminum without causing localized distortion of the steel. Because wicking up the molten aluminum using a welding torch is the only way I can think of to get it off the steel.

And hiring someone to do that job would probably cost enough that you should either learn to live with it, or just buy a replacement. Sorry.
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Old 06-14-2007, 12:49 PM   #9
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tooooo funny...i did the EXACT same thing when i got mine! i was able to replace just that lower pan by calling sears for replacement parts, and with shipping it cost me about $50.

4 screws and 5 mins later i had my oven back!
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Old 06-14-2007, 12:54 PM   #10
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Was that non-stick foil?

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