Oven smoking after cleaning

Why is My Oven Smoking?

Whether you are using your new oven for the first time or maybe you have some leftover food on the bottom of your oven, let’s identify why your oven is smoking.

Like smoke signals rising over a distant bluff, is your oven smoking out a message to you? What are the causes of oven smoke? And are there any ways to avoid a smoking oven?

First of all, smoke coming from any appliance is not normal, and you should take it seriously. So much so that if you’re concerned that your life is in danger, stop what you’re doing and call 911. If not, keep reading.

With smoke often comes a burning smell in the oven. And it can even ruin the taste of the food you cook in it. Let’s take a look at possible causes that could explain the message your oven is sending you and how to ultimately stop your oven from smoking.

It’s Brand New

There’s one instance where smoke might not be an indication of a problem: Your oven is new. That’s because there are coatings used in the manufacturing of the oven and the burner itself that will eventually burn off after using it a few times. In fact, the manufacturer may suggest that you set your oven to between 400°F and 600°F and let it operate for about 30 minutes with nothing in it to go ahead and burn these coatings off. Be sure to thoroughly read your owner’s manual before you begin using the oven.

There’s Leftover Oven Cleaner Residue

If you have recently cleaned your oven, there may be a residue left from the cleaner that you used. However, burning commercial cleaners means burning chemicals. Not a desired result of your good intentions to have a clean oven, huh? Even if you think you wiped it clean, you may need to go over it again with a vinegar and water solution, just to be sure. And, with the oven cool, make sure you clean the inside top, sides, bottom and door, to make sure every part is covered.

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It’s the Ghosts of Meals Past

The most likely cause of a smoking oven is spills and debris from past use. These drops of grease and food bits heat up and burn, resulting in smoke and odors. They could be anywhere inside the oven, including the racks, so if this is the cause of your smoke issues, it’s time for a good cleaning.

It’s the Way You’re Positioning the Food

If you are broiling food, always keep at least three inches of room between the broiler heating element, which is at the top of the oven, and the food that you are cooking. The broiler gets very hot and can easily scorch the food, causing it to smoke. The same is true about the main burner or heating element in the bottom of the oven, used when baking. High-fat foods are prone to smoke if cooked too fast or in an oven that’s too hot. And never let grease drip onto the burner or element. Grease can not only smoke, but it can also cause a fire.

There’s a Faulty Element

With an electric oven, the top and bottom heating elements eventually wear out. Excessive heat buildup during the cleaning cycle of a self-cleaning oven, or over time, can cause a short in one of the elements. If the bottom element doesn’t glow red during the bake setting, or the top element doesn’t glow red during the broil setting, the element is most likely bad. Sometimes you can hear a buzz or see smoke as they are burning out. If that’s the case, turn the power off at the circuit breaker or unplug the oven. Then, remove the screws holding the element in place, disconnect the wires and replace the element with a new one from a store specializing in oven parts.

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Why your oven smokes (and how to fix it)

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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.

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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 is finished, let the oven cool, then wipe out any bits of charcoaled food left behind. Those little bits might still smoke if you leave them in the oven.

If your oven doesn’t have a self-cleaning mode, you can use this all-natural cleaning method:

And be sure to clean the inside of the oven window. Foods can get stuck in there and the self-cleaning mode doesn’t typically get that area clean. Here’s how to get the inside of the oven window clean.

The cleaning is causing the smoke

If you don’t clean with vinegar or use a self-cleaning mode, your cleaning method may be the problem. Store-bought oven cleaners tend to smoke if you don’t remove all of the residue from inside your oven after cleaning. Give the interior a good wipe down with a damp cloth once the oven’s cooled. This will prevent smoke the next time you use it.

It’s the heating element

Smoke and a buzzing sound in an electric oven is typically a sign that the oven’s heating element is going out. In this case, call a repairman to put in a replacement. This is one of the few times you can’t DIY a smoke problem.

If your oven is gas, it there may be too much gas pressure in the heating element. This can cause smoke, too. Check to see if the flame is reaching the oven racks. If so, call your gas company to see if your home’s gas supply’s pressure needs to be adjusted.

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All you need is some baking soda to stop the smoke

You know when you’re baking something in the oven – a cake, a pizza, or perhaps a nice casserole – and something spills on the bottom? In itself, this isn’t such a big deal, but the trouble is that it usually starts to smoke up your kitchen, which isn’t fun for anyone…

So, how can you stop this from happening?

When a bit of food spills from the dish into your oven, this can start to smoke terribly. The heat from the oven will burn the tiny bit of food until it resembles charcoal. The best solution to this would of course be to turn off the oven, wait until it’s cooled down and clean up the spilled food. This isn’t always an option, though. If you’re baking a cake, you can’t just turn off the oven, or your cake will be ruined. And what if you’re preparing for a dinner party and have to get the food cooked? You’ll need another solution…

Baking soda
This is where our good friend baking soda comes in! It’s a true miracle product that you can use for so many different things. Put it at the bottom of your trash can, clean stainless steel with it, or use it stop your washing machine from smelling. And now for this new trick…

Here’s how to do it:
If something starts to smoke at the bottom of your oven, take out the food for a minute so you have enough room, and get out the baking soda. Liberally, but carefully (don’t burn your hands!), sprinkle baking soda on top of the spill. Put the food back in the oven and make some adjustments to stop it from spilling again if you need to. Then just keep on baking. You’ll notice the spill will stop burning and smoking. It’s as easy as that!

Smoke Coming Out Of Your Oven? Here’s Why

The last thing you want when you’ve got guests over for dinner is smoke coming out of your oven. Aside from the embarrassment it can cause, smoke isn’t exactly a flavour you want accompanying every meal you serve.

There are a number of reasons why you might have smoke coming out of your oven, so if your gas or electric oven is smoking right now and you’re trying to figure out what’s going on, read on to find out what it could be.

Causes of Smoking Ovens

Factory coatings or chemicals burning

If your oven is new, this is the most likely reason that it’s smoking. When being manufactured, it’s common practice for ovens to have an oil based coating that can cause smoke as it burns off when the oven is operational. It’s for this reason that manufacturers recommend that you ‘burn in’ your empty oven by running it on a high heat setting for between 30 minutes and an hour.

Once the oven has been burned in, you should notice that it no longer smokes as the factory coatings will have been burned away.

Leftover cleaning products

Another type of chemical residue that can cause your oven to smoke and get you worried; leftover cleaning products are often the culprit. Cleaning your oven with chemical cleaning products such as foaming sprays will inevitably leave residue that will burn up when the oven is on and create smoke that isn’t just unpleasant but also filled with chemicals that you probably don’t want to be breathing in in excess.

To avoid this, make sure to always thoroughly wipe down the internal walls, floor, and ceiling of your oven with a damp cloth once you’ve used cleaning products in it.

Broken heating element

A broken heating element or an element that’s just about to fail can also cause smoke in your oven. Whether it’s the grill or a main electric heating element, a large build up of excess heat can short your oven and produce smoke. You can test whether this is the case by turning your oven off and back on again and then waiting for 15-20 minutes to see if the heating element (grill or main) glows red.

If it doesn’t and you’ve confirmed that your heating element is broken, it’s time for you to book an oven repair or order a replacement part to be fitted.

Food remains

Most of us probably have experience with an oven smoking due to leftover food remains from a previous meal. This can either be chunks of food or drops of liquid that have fallen or overflowed while being cooked and burned up on the hot floor of the oven, or it can be an accumulation of months or years of cooking grease on the inside of the oven beginning to smoke as it’s heated to a high temperature.

The appliance is especially likely to smoke if you haven’t used the grill in your oven for a while.

While food and cooking liquid are a non-issue – simply clean the oven once it’s cool – a build up of grease can potentially cause a fire so make sure to take action immediately if your oven is smoking due to grease.

High gas pressure

If your gas oven is smoking and you don’t know why, don’t rule out the possibility that the gas pressure in your home is too high. High gas pressure can overfeed the flame that heats a gas oven, causing it to enlarge and emit smoke while it’s reaching its upper temperatures.

You can consult your oven manufacturer about smoking due to high gas pressure, or speak to your gas provider for assistance.

Cash Emergency Bible: Why your oven is smoking and how to fix it

It is almost time for dinner. You switch the oven on and start to prep a tasty family supper. But…what is that smell? There is nothing like the acrid smell of a smoking oven to make you reach for your phone and order a takeaway, instead.

There are a number of things that can cause a smoking oven. Here, we will take a look at some of the most common causes and discover solutions that will not only prevent you from resorting to emergency loans but will also help you to get back to smoke-free cooking in no time at all.

Take a good look inside your oven…

If you have turned your oven on, turn it off and wait until it has cooled and is no longer smoking.

Now, open your oven and inspect the oven floor.

Fat residue on the oven floor from a previous meal can often be the cause of a smoking oven.

Alternatively, you could find that there is grease on your grill that is causing the problem.

Luckily, this is easily cleaned up, with a bit of elbow grease and some oven cleaner. Alternatively, if you want a more natural solution, you could mix together some bicarbonate of soda and water. Put this into an old spray bottle, then spray a few squirts on the offending fat. Leave overnight, then wipe clean with a damp sponge.

Make sure your oven is turned off before you attempt to clean it.

You could even put your oven shelves in your dishwasher if you have one. Otherwise, scrub them in your sink with some washing-up liquid and warm water.

While you are cleaning, make sure you pick up any crumbs or pieces of food that could be causing your oven to smoke.

I still have a smoking oven

If your oven is clean and you are still getting lots of smoke when you turn it on, it could just be that a cleaning product you used is ‘burning off’.

This should clear within a few minutes.

If your oven is still smoking and seems clean, there could be something else wrong.

How to prevent a smoking oven

In order to stop your oven from smoking in the future, it is important to keep it clean.

If you cook your dinner and food has spilt or fat has splashed, wipe it up as soon as it is cool enough to do so.

If something spills when you are cooking, the best thing to do would be to turn the oven off and clean it up. However, this is not always possible.

One top tip is to pour some bicarbonate of soda on top of the spill, to stop it from smoking. Make sure not to burn yourself!

Then, you can clean it up when you have finished cooking and the oven is off.

This is great if you have guests for dinner and do not want your kitchen to be filled with foul-smelling smoke.

To stop this happening in the future, it is a good idea to place foods that could spill over (such as lasagne or pie) onto a baking tray lined with foil. This will catch any spillages and the foil can simply be put in the bin once it has cooled.

If you are grilling food, keep it a little further from the grill. This way, there will not be as many splashes of food landing on the grill and causing smoke.

Time to call in the professionals

If you have cleaned your oven and it is still smoking when you turn it on, it may be time to call in the professionals.

Sometimes, you may find that it is cheaper to buy a new oven than to pay for your current oven to be fixed.

However, it can often be worth having a professional to come and look, as the problem may be easily and cheaply rectified.

Need a new oven?

New ovens can be expensive.

Unfortunately, for many of us, they are a key part of our kitchen equipment. There are only so many meals that you can make in a microwave!

If you are struggling to pay for a new oven, you could ask for help from a friend or family member.

Alternatively, you could review your short-term loan options.

These type of loans are designed for use in emergency situations. If you are approved for a loan, the money could be in your bank account in as little as one hour.

As with any type of financial product, it is essential to ensure that you can comfortably afford to repay anything that you borrow.

Clean Electric Oven Constantly Smoking

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!

Fort Collins, CO