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What will happen if the aluminum foil on the bottom of the oven accidentally touches the bake element? Thanks. Van

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Nothing, it will never hurt it in a million years.

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MELTED ALUMINUM FOIL ON BOTTOM OF OVEN FLOOR: Have a Kenmore ceramic smooth top range. We placed a piece of aluminum foil on the very bottom of the oven as we like to bake our pizza on the rack but...


I would try a copper scouring pad.
Aluminium is very soft - Mohs hardness of 2.75
Copper has a Mohs hardness of 3, just slightly harder.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hardnesses_of_the_elements_(data_page)
Ceramic tile has a hardness of 7
Mohs Hardness Scale

This means the copper scouring pad should be able to remove the melted foil without scratching the ceramic - but test first to be sure.

Mar 10, 2017 | Ovens

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Electric Oven Problems - What not to Use in Your Electric Oven


If you have an electric oven, there is one thing that you do not want to do. It does not matter if you have a wall electric oven, a wall double electric oven, or a freestanding electric oven. If the heating element in your oven is electric you do not want to do this.

After normal use of your oven the broiler pan, the oven racks, and the drip pans in the bottom of the oven can become soiled to the point where they will not clean properly anymore. Many people try to make the inside of their oven “look” better and give it a cleaner look by wrapping or covering these things with aluminum foil.

While this may give the oven a good clean look it also creates a problem for you and your oven. Aluminum foil is highly conductive and will “short” the electric elements in your oven if it comes in contact with them. This short means that the electricity will flow through the element and out of it at one point in an uncontrolled manner. This will cause a surge through the element to that point, which will cause the element to fail.

What many people also fail to realize is that the foil they wrap around these thing can move as the oven heats and cools. So even though the foil is far away from the element when you wrap it on, it can move till it comes in contact with the element and then in a moment it is too late to correct.

It has also come to my attention that some people may use aluminum pans in the bottom of the oven to catch any spillover that may happen. In my opinion that is just as bad as the foil wrap. These pans will warp with the heating and cooling also. If you can get a pan on the bottom rack and your food on the top rack, then you are good... the aluminum cannot get to the element in anyway...

If you have racks, pans, or other things in your oven that are too dirty and bother you…you are better off to buy new rather then take the chance on ruining your day in a flash.


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How do I remove aluminum foil from the bottom of my oven? I have a brand new Kenmore wall oven that I have only used once. I had put a piece of foil on the bottom in case there were any drips. it baked on...


To all those who think this problem description couldn't be true, you're wrong. You're right that the aluminum did not get hot enough to melt though.....What happens is that the non-stick teflon coating they put on the aluminum get's too hot and bonds with the oven bottom.... like a crazy epoxy!

Furthermore, this isn't a problem in older, conventional-type ovens... this is moreso a problem with ovens that have a hidden bottom element.... The bottom element is actually directly below the oven bottom, and lining the oven bottom with foil is basically like putting it directly on the element. And that part gets extremely HOT!!!

Thankfully I've got the solution to this! But it takes some extreme patience, a lot of respect for what you're working with and some good ventilation.

I went back to my high school chemistry class to get the answer. It's Lye, aka Caustic Soda aka, Sodium Hydroxide.

I used Drano Kitchen Crystals off the shelf of the grocery store..it's about 70% lye with some added salts to aid the chemical reaction.

You'll need some plasticene, the drano, water, GLOVES!!, a lot of paper towels and wood skewers and GOOD VENTILATION.

Start the ventilation and open a window or door.
Put on your gloves.
Use the plasticene to create a dam about .25"-.5" high around the area in the oven you're looking to remove the aluminum from... the area's you're working in should be about 2.5" in diameter.
Pour in some of the drano into the dam and add enough water to touch all the sides of the dam......if the chemical reaction hasn't started (should be almost instant) keep adding the drano bit by bit until it does... the dam contents will start to boil and ammonia fumes and a little hydrogen gas will form....... hence the need for some good ventilation!!
Once the reaction is done, poke around with the wood skewer to see if the oven bottom is clear... if you're satisfied with the results, add some some vinegar in to help neutralize the solution a bit.... then use the wood skewer to remove the plasticene dam to a dish to be rinsed off ASAP.
Use paper towels to wipe up the mess on the bottom of the oven.... See your results! the area of the oven botton you treated should be free of aluminum and just be discoloured instead..... not from the drano, but from where the teflon bonded.
Repeat the process until the oven bottom is clean.

To get a 'feel' for the chemical reaction and what to expect, experiment first!... take a square of aluminum foil, go to the backyard with the foil shaped in a littlebowl and place it on a dish or pan, add some drano crystals to it then add a little water... step back from the dish and try not to breath the fumes!.. the dish will be hot!!

It took me about 6 hr to clean the bottom of my oven when this happened to me.

Hopefully this helps some other poor unfortunate souls who finds themselves in this situation!

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How to patch hold in electric oven?


use some high heat two part epoxy let it set up just a little and then plug the hole. you can use titainum putty at a bering supply store but it's expensive but is a good fix.

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Trying to better define the problem....

Do you have any cuts, holes or "shorting" or tin-foil/aluminum around your bottom bake heat-element? If so, you may need to replace the baking Heat Element. (Ensure you do not use aluminum foil around your heat element to prevent your oven from getting dirty)

To replace your baking heat element, with power off; remove 2 screws securing the bake element. Slightly tug and pull towards you for about 3 inches or so and disconnect the connecting wires at each end. Then completely remove the heat element and install new in reverse manner. Whats' you're model number?



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Aluminum foil stuck to new oven bottom - how to remove


(Wear a professional n95 mask and rubber gloves). Use a straight razor and scrape off as much foil as possible. Get a hold of Mercuric or sulfuric acid. BE CAREFUL not to spill anywhere, work close to a stainless steal sink. Poor a little in a small glass container and bring over stove porcelain surface. Pour the acid onto the foil and wait 3-4 minutes, use paper towel to wipe off the acid, and then a soapy wet rag. Repeat process until all foil is dissolved. Then wash surface thoroughly and repeatedly with a soapy dish towel. Once complete run water in the sink for 5 minutes till any possible remaining accid is flushed from the sink. The foil is gone and the porcelain is preserved. Works great! (Don't breathe the fumes and ventelate the area or move the stove outside)

Jan 20, 2009 | Kenmore 47783 Electric Single Oven

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Melted aluminum foil


Hi there,

Steel wool is the best bet, but it would be easier to replace the floor panel. I had a customer do the same thing. depending on how bad it is replacement mat be a easier option, about $35 for the new panel, and about a month to get the part. two screws on the floor of the oven next to the back wall. The manual does say not to use foil on the oven floor.

Good Luck!!

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Foil baked onto oven base.


Unfortunately, it's too late. The tin foil has melted into the panel and can't be removed. You should never place anything on the bottom of a stove that has a hidden element. You will damage the panel. Oven operation is not affected. The only option you have is to replace the panel or the entire oven liner...

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