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I have alot of smoke when i use the self cleaning feature

My self cleaning kenmore electric oven smokes alot. How can I stop this?

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Self cleaning works by 'burning' all of the material it is cleaning.  If you have excessive grease other material in the oven, it will cause the smoking.  Either do the cycle more frequently or remove as much of the goo as possible with a cloth before beginning.  If you have a ventilator to the outside, turn it on and close the door to the kitchen to contain the odor.

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