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Old 04-15-2011, 02:46 PM   #21
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I've had a self-cleaning oven for nearly 13 years and love it. Mine, too, has a locking mechanism that secures the door while the cleaning cycle is in process. I usually time the cleaning of my oven to a cooler than normal day, so we can benefit from the extra time the oven is producing higher than normal heat.

I've never left my racks in while the cleaning cycle is running. Instead, I put them in a big black trash bag, spray them with oven cleaner, tie up the bag and let them "incubate" with the oven cleaner until the oven is ready to accept them back after cleaning and cooling.

By the time this occurs, all I really have to do is to lightly rub them, I'm serious, with a green scrubbie to remove any residue that the oven cleaner doesn't remove. There's rarely any elbow grease necessary.

The oven and racks look as good now as they did the day the oven was installed. FWIW, the oven we have is Whirlpool.
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Old 04-15-2011, 02:53 PM   #22
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I've never had my smoke detectors go off, but I have a good vent hood over the stove. In addition to the oven racks, I also include the burner grates from the top of the stove. I don't care if the oven racks get discolored, and the burner grates are black and come out super clean.
I wonder if you could put a cast iron skillet in there, to have the outside come out clean and smooth, like new?
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Old 04-15-2011, 03:02 PM   #23
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Expect to see a small spike in your monthly power bill, too.
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Old 04-15-2011, 03:08 PM   #24
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I wonder if you could put a cast iron skillet in there, to have the outside come out clean and smooth, like new?
I'm sure that would work. I've done it using a charcoal grill.

As for smoke detectors if your oven is vented (meaning outdoor vent) it should not trip the detectors.
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Old 04-15-2011, 03:08 PM   #25
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...I wonder if you could put a cast iron skillet in there, to have the outside come out clean and smooth, like new?

Yes you can. It will take off all the seasoning and leave you with the unprotected cast iron.
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Old 04-15-2011, 05:01 PM   #26
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When I got this stove I was amazed at what the self clean cycle could do! When it was done, there was just a tiny bit of ash sitting in the bottom of the oven that I wiped out with a damp cloth, the oven looked like new.
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Old 04-15-2011, 06:53 PM   #27
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I learned the hard way about what time of year to use my self cleaning oven. I thought it would be a good idea to use self clean in the winter taking advantage of the extra heat from the oven on. Bad idea because of the smell and smoke of the oven when cleaning. I now only use the self clean when the weather is warm enough to be able to open the windows.
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Old 04-15-2011, 07:19 PM   #28
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I guess a good majority of electric ovens vent indoors. But I had no idea our wall oven vented outside until one day when I burned something in the oven by accident (steel bowl with plastic coating) which produced heavy black toxic smoke which I saw pouring out the side of the house.
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Old 04-15-2011, 07:42 PM   #29
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Speaking of self-cleaning ovens (I almost wrote "onions" LOL), does anyone here have (or had) a continuous-clean oven? My mom looked at them, but from what we understand they are a huge drain on energy. If you have/had one, what do you think?
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Old 04-15-2011, 07:48 PM   #30
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We had one in our house in Maryland. I never cared for it as it was not what it was cracked-up/advertised to be. I still had to clean it.
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