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Gas stove knobs are sticking when i try to turn on a burner.

Is there something i can spray on them that is not flameable?

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The stickiness is from a build-up of grease between the center shaft and the sleeve in which it turns. The non-flammable liquids are nearly all dangerous to expose to open flames so this must be considered.
Methyl ethyl ketone (M.E.K.) is not flammable but it must be gone before firing up any open flame. The stuff has very low viscosity so 'creeps' into tight spaces but it will not be easy to completely clean the shafts because of gravity.
It would be much better if the assembly is removed and MEK is dropped (or sprayed) into the junction of shaft and tubular housing or if practicable, submerge the assembly in it. Some rotation will be needed to work the chemical into the small crack and MEK really is tough on skin, removing every bit of oil from it._
You must use very good ventilation when using MEK as it is not good for the lungs and if the fumes are in sufficient density, it can cause unconsciousness. Use with caution!

Posted on Sep 12, 2009

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You didn't say whether you have a gas or electric oven, or oven & stove. I'll assume you have a stove, just to cover all bases.

First, you should shut down the oven: a gas stove will have a valve on the gas line behind the stove. The valve will either have a red handle or a flat stem that usually has a hole in it. Turn either valve 1/4 turn to shut off gas, use a wrench on the flat stem. An electric stove should be shut off by flipping off the double circuit breaker for it in your electric panel. Do not unplug an electric stove when it is on; this can damage the plug &/or electrocute you.

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