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How to clean after an oven fire

I just had an oven fire in my kenmore self cleaning oven. I turned it on to preheat it, forgetting that I had a stack of cookie sheets and two plastic trays in it! I got one of the trays and most of the cookiesheets out as soon as I saw the fire, but the other plastic serving tray was right on the bottom rack. We closed the oven and turned it off which suffocated the fire, but I had sticky melted plastic all over everything I have cleaned the bottom of the oven very well, but there is plastic residue on the heating element. Is there any way to get this off? Do I need to replace the element? Also, what would be the best way to get the rack clean. My husband wants to put them over our campfire ring and burn the plastic off. Got a better idea? Thanks so much for your help.
Sincerely,

Cheryl Karran

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Cheryl,
If you can't scrape the plastic off then heating it up to soften it is about your only choice short of putting it back in self clean with a fan in the nearest window blowing outside to evacuate the smoke. Depending how bad it is and how cold it is where you live, you might even try freezing if off. Get it as cold as possible and see if the cold makes it easier to chip off. As far as the element, I suggest turning the oven on and letting it smoke and burn clean. Shouldn't be a very long process since the element will get hot so fast the plastic will drip off right away.
Hope that helps... Brian

Posted on Dec 21, 2008

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