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Old 06-08-2008, 09:00 PM   #21
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I use the self-cleaning cycle - I've never had it bake anything onto the oven. I even leave the oven racks in ... so what if they are not as "bright and shiney"? Actually - I didn't notice any real difference after 6-8 cycles. But, I don't hang my oven racks on the wall for decoration ... so what's the difference?
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Old 06-08-2008, 09:28 PM   #22
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...I also find sliding pots/pans to be much easier on racks that haven't been subjected to the self-cleaning process...

You are right about that. I experience the same problem.
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Old 06-09-2008, 12:43 AM   #23
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My stove does not have a self cleaning cycle, so I have no choice in the matter. I am pretty careful about how I put things in the stove, so it does not have to be cleaned that often.
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Old 06-09-2008, 12:53 AM   #24
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I love the self-cleaning cycle. I leave my racks in too. Just wipe it out and you're done!
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Old 06-09-2008, 01:15 AM   #25
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For those of us without a direct kitchen vent to the outside, guess where all the cleaning fumes go? You got it...right onto your walls, carpets,etc.

I'm petitioning my HOA about finding a reputable roofing contractor for us condo owners to punch a hole in the roof for a vent. Wish me luck on that.

I used at least a 3rd of a roll of paper towels cleaning out my stove, and I had cleaned it a year before. Imagine all the gunk on those paper towlels being burned off and going out into my units walls, carpets...etc.

As for the racks...I had some hard scrubbing to do on some rails. Imagine
how much harder that carbon would be to get off if I left racks in during the cleaning cycle.

Whatever.. simply putting a sheet of aluminum foil at the bottom catches a lot of junk.

Also, my parents had to replace their stove after repeated self cleaning cycles. Why? Right under the bottom coil element stand offs, the metal
had been burned away due to repeated self cleaning cycles. There was
a hole in the metal there.
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Old 06-09-2008, 07:42 AM   #26
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...I'm petitioning my HOA about finding a reputable roofing contractor for us condo owners to punch a hole in the roof for a vent. Wish me luck on that.

I used at least a 3rd of a roll of paper towels cleaning out my stove, and I had cleaned it a year before. Imagine all the gunk on those paper towlels being burned off and going out into my units walls, carpets...etc.

As for the racks...I had some hard scrubbing to do on some rails. Imagine
how much harder that carbon would be to get off if I left racks in during the cleaning cycle.

Whatever.. simply putting a sheet of aluminum foil at the bottom catches a lot of junk.

Also, my parents had to replace their stove after repeated self cleaning cycles. Why? Right under the bottom coil element stand offs, the metal
had been burned away due to repeated self cleaning cycles. There was
a hole in the metal there.

You don't have to vent through the roof. I am in a condo and vent through the wall directly behind the hood. You can also vent to the outside by putting a fan in a kitchen window if there is one.

If you leave the racks in the oven during cleaning, all the stuff is turned into ash that's easily wiped off, it's not baked on.

I have had four different ranges with self-cleaning ovens (in different homes) and never had a problem with the self-cleaning feature.
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Old 06-09-2008, 10:15 PM   #27
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all this talk about self cleaning ovens inspired me to do mine. hauled out directions and was ready to go. directions said to clean door before using self cleaning part.

gonna need oven cleaner to get that off. i refuse to pay the price of easy off.

big lots has a lot of that stuff with odd ball names. do as good a job so far as i can tell. anyway no clean oven yet, but i am gaining on it.

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Old 06-10-2008, 02:28 AM   #28
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Since my oven doesn't have a self-cleaning cycle, I have to clean it myself. It's not so bad since I learned that the door comes off!
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Old 06-10-2008, 05:11 AM   #29
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I guess I should give it a second try, I tried once and then I had to do all the cleaning so thought, what's the point of wasting electricity and end up doing it myself.
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Old 06-10-2008, 07:26 AM   #30
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I have always self cleaned mine, and I have the feature too ! After reading this thread decided to give it a try - daaaaaaaaa no book, - I am clueless on the directions, how long of a cycle? Bummer
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