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Earendil18
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So I made this delicious casserole last Tuesday, when all of a sudden, the FIRE ALARM goes off. I barely, BARELY smell any smoke. The oven is a super deluxe "advanced" oven, with self cleaning, timers, bells, and whistles even. I think it's gas too, and not electric.

Anyway, the cause was found to be casserole juice bubbling over the dish and onto the bottom of the oven, burning and smoking. There's some kind of strange blower fan at the bottom of this thing that...blows out oven air? I'm not sure, but I think it helped shoot the smoke all the way over to the fire alarm.

I don't understand this self-cleaning function. It heats up to an insane temperature, burning off the bad stuff? That'll cause my fire alarm to go off, so how can I clean my oven and use it again?
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quote:
Originally posted by Earendil18:
I don't understand this self-cleaning function. It heats up to an insane temperature, burning off the bad stuff?

Pretty much.


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Originally posted by Earendil18:
That'll cause my fire alarm to go off, so how can I clean my oven and use it again?
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Turn off the fire alarm for the couple hours it takes. Just don't forget to turn it back on.
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If you don't want to use the self-cleaning feature, you can also use an oven cleaner that's safe for self-cleaning ovens (the kind you spray on, let sit, and wipe off.)

Just make sure you're well-ventilated when you do.

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(This is an especially good option if you are, like me, in a place where you cannot turn off or disconnect your fire alarm.

In the future if you want to stop the alarm going off, and can't turn it off, put a wet rag over it, that often helps.)

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Do make sure you use an over cleaner that is safe for self-cleaning ovens. (I have made this mistake..some of these ovens have a special coating on the inside.)
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"...if you want to stop the alarm going off, and can't turn it off, put a wet rag over it..."

...then dribble more water over the rag until it agrees to cooperate. And if the waterboarding doesn't work, it's time to call in JackBaur.

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Tante Shvester
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I have a window in my kitchen, and opening the kitchen window and running the exhaust fan on the range hood when I'm self-cleaning my oven keep my smoke alarm from going off.

My smoke alarm is not only very sensitive, it also can not be disconnected.

KQ -- how do you get the wet rag to stay on the smoke alarm -- are you taping it to the ceiling?

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When we had a really sensitive alarm right by the kitchen (grrr) we would get the rag dripping wet, put it on the end of a broom, and prop the broom up to hold it against the alarm.
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I used a water/baking soda paste, but I didn't look at the manual, so I'm afraid I may have removed some protective coating? Not sure. The surface of the interior looks like a finely speckled light green.
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Solution: Never use oven.
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My smoke alarm is so sensitive that it goes off sometimes when I take a shower. It reacts to the freakin' steam!!!
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