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Pyrolytic Ovens?

 
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Our kitchen is long overdue for some replacement appliances and up for renewal is the oven.

Our existing oven smokes like mad once we get it up to 200C and makes everyone flee the house with watering eyes desperate for fresh breathable air. (we *have* tried cleanign it - but it makes no difference , clearly theres some greasey nasty stuff tucked away in an impossible to reach location).

So I've looked at the range of stuff out there and read about "Pyrolytic Ovens". The theory is that they heat up to a crazy 500C or more and incinerate any muck so it just falls to the over floor as a light ash ready for you to brush it off once the oven cools... Self-cleaning they say... dead-easy.. they say....

Now this functionality doesnt come without drawbacks. The main one being cost. Already in Australia we are forced to pay about double the price for electrical appliances that the rest of the world does - and this kind of function only appears on high specc'd models.

So heres a question:

DOES IT WORK? is it really that easy? Does anyone have a pyrolytic oven that they can tell me about?
 
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I have never heard of that term before. I have heard of "self cleaning ovens". And they do work.
 
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Yes. As Paul said, we call them "self-cleaning" here in North America and they do work. I have one, but it doesn't get cleaned very often because (as you say) it's scary to think of it getting that hot inside.

You didn't mention smoke detectors going off. Do you not have one in your kitchen? They are required here by building codes but even if they weren't I would install one anyway.
 
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Yes, they are called self-cleaning ovens. They work and they are pretty much the standard here. I don't think you can get an oven without the self-cleaning feature (although I haven't tried, but you never know). You would be hard-pressed to find a home that doesn't have a self-cleaning oven.

Yes, it works quite well. It burns everything to ash. You clean the ash after it's done. Only drawbacks are a) that you shouldn't leave big pieces of food in there. You will have to do a little basic cleanup before starting the self-clean cycle. I did leave some pieces of potatoes once, and they flamed up. I think that's ok. The hardest part in cleaning the oven is getting the burnt residue from the bottom out, and the self-clean is pretty good in taking care of that. b)It takes a long time to self-clean, so you won't be able to use it while it's cleaning. I guess that's ok. You will probably use it once a month or so (or if you make a huge mess) c) It becomes crazy-hot on the outside too. So, if you have pets/children you should be careful
 
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Thanks everyone..

Sounds like thats what I'm after then. For what its worth a regular 60cm built-in single oven here costs around AU$800-1200. That would be multifunction and with 'catalytic coated' sides for easy cleaning.

The cheapest pyrolytic 'self-cleaning' oven I've seen so far comes in at $2000. It does have all the bells & whistles you could possibly want and looks very good ("sleek european design" they call it!)

I've asked around here and nobody I know has a self-cleaning oven - but a few were seriously intrigued and interested in the idea. Doesnt that just show how backwards Australia is in technology terms?!

Paul C - We do have a smoke detector in our open-plan family room adjoining the kitchen (installed by choice - not by law) - but it doesnt go off. Clearly the grease smoke that our current oven generates doesnt have the right sized particles to trigger it! (Either that or I'm *slightly* exagerating the seriousness of the problem )
 
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Originally posted by Adrian Wallace:



Paul C - We do have a smoke detector in our open-plan family room adjoining the kitchen (installed by choice - not by law) - but it doesnt go off. Clearly the grease smoke that our current oven generates doesnt have the right sized particles to trigger it! (Either that or I'm *slightly* exagerating the seriousness of the problem )



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The smoke detector in my previous house (which was built in 2004) goes off even if we bake potatoes. The smoke detector in my current house (built in early 80's) doesn't go off even if we burn stuff. Both are the exact same model, and I always change batteries on time. I think it has a lot to do with the layout of the house.

My hunch is that architects have become better at selecting a "good" location for the smoke detectors. So, newer houses have more "sensitive" detectors because they are placed right.

But, yeah, if your oven makes your eyes water, then your smoke detector is not sensitive enough. It should beep long before it becomes uncomfortable for you. I would get someone to look at it.
 
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Wait a second - that's a SMOKE DETECTOR? I thought it was the timer that tells me when my food is done!!!


[ April 12, 2007: Message edited by: Fred Rosenberger ]
 
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Nothing major to add, but from what I have seen:

Self cleaning ovens seem to all work off timers. The self cleaning function will only work during the specified time period.

Self cleaning ovens seem to all have door locking mechanisms - you cannot open / unlock the door until the cleaning cycle is complete.

So you don't have to worry about accidentally leaving it on too long, nor do you need to worry about kids opening the door when it is in the middle of incinerating everything. Just come back later and wipe off the ash.

Regards, Andrew
 
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