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Clean Electric Oven Constantly Smoking

dessay13 | May 19, 201909:20 AM     12

Hey everybody! I have an oven issue...

Hubby and I love to cook, but we're renting a house with an old electric oven. The house was built in 1999, and I'm sure the oven is original. It smokes no matter what we cook or how often we clean it. It vents inside the house, so the house fills with smoke and we set off the smoke alarm. When we moved in, it had burn marks on the top of the door, and they've only multiplied.

About a month ago, I got desperate and cleaned the oven with a baking soda and water paste left on overnight, and wiped up with vinegar in the morning. It was super clean, and that bought us maybe a couple of rounds of peaceful baking before this latest episode.

The recipe that set this off: I chopped sweet potatoes into small pieces, coated them with coconut oil and spices, mixed them, and baked at 400. I used baking sheets with sides and covered the bottom of the sheets with foil.

Within 5 minutes, smoke was pouring out of the vents, and a layer of black tar had appeared on one side of the bottom of the oven. Why only one side of the oven? Was it coconut oil grease? It was 3 Tbsp spread out over the potatoes and mixed in, so was the oil really enough to cause this? I can't figure out why this oven seems to smoke with even a small amount of fat?

Quiche with a layer of cheese on top, sweet potatoes with coconut oil... aren't ovens supposed to be able to handle things like this? Is this just simple science, and I just need to figure out the smoke point of the oil I'm using? Just use avocado oil for everything because of its high smoke point? Is it time to have an appliance guy take a look? Is it the auto fan on the oven that's spreading the fat around the oven via the air and causing it to smoke?

Our landlord is reasonably cool and would probably replace the oven, but I want to make sure this isn't my fault. Is the oven going to smoke, bake black grease into the bottom with every recipe that has any oil in it? Am I going to have to clean it after every use? Is this normal?

Thanks- I'd love any ideas!

Cara
Fort Collins, CO

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