how to clean burner rings??

vacuumfreakNovember 18, 2006

Hello! I have an apartment with a gas stove. This is the first time I've ever had a gas stove in my life, so I am not sure how to clean it. Now that I have learned how to control the flame so I don't burn everything (you should have seen me the first week!), I am using it more. Which means it is getting dirty. I can clean the surface and grates fine, but that round metal ring... the "flame ring" is getting pretty dirty on the two most used burners. One time I tried cleaning under the hood and the burner stopped working for a week. How can I clean the burner ring safely? I took a toothbrush with some water, but that doesn't seem to be doing the trick. What about cleaning gas ovens? Is it any different than electric; do you have to follow a different procedure? The silly thing runs about 75 degrees too hot anyway, so I don't think I could damage it any worse! I just don't want to start a fire or have an explosion spraying oven cleaner all over the place. I know the burners are electronic igintion, but I don't know if the oven has a pilot light or not. I can see a flame under the holes on the oven floor when I use it, I would have to get oven cleaner down there! Thanks!

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I've never cleaned mine. Brush off the burned food. The holes are where the flames come out, right? If it's an older stove, you may have blown out the pilot. Look up the make and model number of the stove and do a search. You can probably find a owner's booklet online.


    Bookmark   November 20, 2006 at 11:47PM
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I've never cleaned mine either. Its best to leave the burner ring and parts leading to it alone. Can't even imagine how yours is getting dirty with a pan over it.

And I hope your last sentence was a typo. "I would HAVE to get oven cleaner down there!" Hope it was meant to say HATE to get oven cleaner down there. If the top is electronic ignition, so is the oven. Its best not to mess around cleaning under the floor of the oven too. All those parts are calibrated and "cleaning" could clog or mess them up, as you found out by scrubbing with a toothbrush. Sandy

    Bookmark   November 21, 2006 at 12:50AM
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The holes where the gas comes out are scientifically designed to allow a certain amount of gas out to mix with air. If you get those holes plugged up with soap, for example, the "fuel/air" mixture will be off giving you a cooler flame with more soot and possibly carbon monoxide. If you ever see any yellow tips on the flame, then you need to have your burners cleaned and adjusted by a pro.

    Bookmark   November 21, 2006 at 1:40AM
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Yes... I meant hate not have! I don't know why they are dirty either... I would think that there is some kind of film on them at is attracting stuff. Maybe food or oils from nearby burners spash over... I will just leave them alone and let the dirt/film burn or wear off with time. Thanks!

    Bookmark   November 21, 2006 at 6:44PM
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I am a huge fan of Dawn Power Dissolver! It is near the dishwashiing detergent and comes in a spray. I spray my burners, let them sit for 30-60 minutes and then wipe them with a wet paper towel. Keep wiping until all the scum is gone. It also works wonderfully on the grates of the stove and the oven racks.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2006 at 3:44PM
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I had a gas oven and used Easy Oven Off--make sure the kind you get is ok for gas ovens. It worked great. I didn't have to turn off the pilot light in the oven.

As for the burners--I don't know. I just use soap and water and a scrubby--it's not perfect, but it's not terrible.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2006 at 4:48PM
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Okay so 3 out of my 4 burners are now not working since I attempted to clean them. Most likely they are clogged. I hear the "tick tick tick" of the gas trying to ignite but nothing.
I have a huge fear of gas explosion/fire so I am hesitant to try turning it on again...any suggestions....besides more cleaning solutions to clog it up?

    Bookmark   January 19, 2011 at 10:57PM
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