A smoking oven doesn’t just smell bad, it can also make your food taste bad. In most cases, however, a smoky oven doesn’t mean you need to call in the repairman. Here are some reasons why your oven might smoke and how to fix it. It’s new New ovens tend to smoke or have an unusual smell when you first start using them. Smoking can come from packing material such as plastic, tape or styrofoam that may have been left behind when the oven was unpacked. Let it cool down first, then go on a search to remove any leftover scraps. If you’re sure you’ve removed all of the packing material, you probably just need to “burn in” your new appliance. Basically that smell and possible smoke is from bonding agents curing in the unit. No big deal, really, but it can give off a yucky, oily smell. Here’s how to burn in your oven to get rid of the smell. Now playing: Watch this: Here’s everything you need to know about buying an oven… 2:12 It needs to be cleaned The most common cause of smoke is food bits burning on the heating element or on the bottom of the stove. A good cleaning is in order, which starts by using your oven’s self-cleaning mode. In a story about removing bad smells from your oven, we mentioned that self-cleaning mode should be used with a lot of discretion. Follow this guide to cleaning your oven. After the self-cleaning mode… [Read full story]
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