Cleaning the oven with pyrolysis

Pyrolysis is a thermo-chemical decomposition of organic compounds, which requires very high temperatures. This does not require the addition of oxygen, as is the case, for example, with gasification or combustion. And it is precisely these properties that modern pyrolytic ovens make use of: they offer a self-cleaning program in which very high temperatures burn off dirt and residues in the closed oven. Only ash remains. This makes classic oven cleaning superfluous for you!

Pyrolysis in the oven

  • A pyrolysis oven saves time and nerves
  • When buying, pay attention to device-dependent features
  • For whom is a pyrolysis oven suitable?
  • Alternatives to pyrolysis
  • The biggest misconceptions about self-cleaning ovens
  • Frequently asked questions about pyrolysis

A pyrolysis oven saves time and nerves

What sounds almost too simple to be true actually works. The advantages are obvious:

  • Saves time: you no longer have to soak the oven for hours and then wipe it for a long time until it shines again. After cleaning by pyrolysis, you simply wipe the remaining ash residue from the oven.
  • No need for chemical cleaners: abrasive cleaners and harsh cleaning sprays are a thing of the past with pyrolysis. And that makes you feel good, because you don’t want to find any cleaning residue when baking and roasting!
  • No more tedious scrubbing: You can now take your fitness program elsewhere, because muscle power is no longer required with a pyrolytic oven. Just turn on the cleaning program and wipe out the oven briefly with a damp cloth when finished.

In addition, annoying odors caused by burnt-on food residues in the oven are eliminated, including the smoke that often accompanies them. All this sounds like a worthwhile investment. However, there are a few disadvantages of self-cleaning, which should not be concealed.

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When buying, pay attention to appliance-specific features

All major manufacturers such as Siemens, Bosch, AEG or NEFF have ovens with self-cleaning in their program. The initial cost of a pyrolytic oven is often higher than the price of comparable appliances without the additional feature. When buying, also pay attention to the energy efficiency class of the device: especially if you want to use the cleaning program more often, it is very worthwhile to pay attention to an energy-friendly oven to save costs and not to burden the environment unnecessarily.

Baking trays and racks that you use for cooking in the oven are often not suitable for pyrolysis. So you have to remove these accessories from the ovens and clean them separately – often by hand, because they are too big for the dishwasher or too dirty. You should also find out in advance, Whether the pyrolytic oven can be cleaned altogether, or whether certain individual parts, such as slide-in rails, have to be dismantled first. Because this step is laborious and costs additional time.

It is particularly annoying if not all residues have been burned off after cleaning by pyrolysis, for example on the glass pane of the oven. This can happen and requires subsequent cleaning and scrubbing.

Oven with self-cleaning function

Who is a pyrolytic oven suitable for??

Despite the mentioned disadvantages, an oven with pyrolysis function is a fine thing. Especially if you use your oven frequently and prepare mainly fatty foods, such as roasts or chicken, such an appliance will quickly pay for itself. Even if you are rather careless in the use of protective baking paper – for example under pizza – the feature makes your kitchen work easier. For people who prefer to cook on the stove rather than bake or gratinate, a pyrolytic oven is not essential.

Alternatives to pyrolysis:
How to clean your oven easily

To get an oven sparkling clean again, there are a few tips and tricks that will make this unloved activity a breeze for you to do.

  • It is best to wipe out the oven thoroughly after each use. Preventing food residues from burning into the oven.
  • It is better to do without harsh cleaners. You leave behind unpleasant odors that can transfer to the food the next time you use it. They also unnecessarily pollute the environment.
  • An oven-safe bowl filled with water and the juice of a lemon at 50°C for ca. leave a half in the oven. The evaporated water-acid mixture dissolves crusts and grease splashes, making cleaning easier afterwards.

Oven cleaning with pyrolysis

Simply burning away burnt-on food residue: Pyrolysis makes oven cleaning a breeze.

The biggest misconceptions about self-cleaning ovens

Even though pyrolysis is becoming increasingly popular, there are still many myths and misconceptions about self-cleaning ovens in circulation, which we would like to clear up here.

Mistake no. 1: Pyrolysis is bad for the environment

For pyrolysis to work to its full potential, high temperatures must be achieved. This, of course, requires energy in the form of electricity. But the actual kilowatt hours needed are kept within limits. In addition, cleaning with pyrolysis completely eliminates the need for chemical cleaning agents. If you still have concerns due to the power consumption, you can alternatively opt for a self-cleaning oven with catalysis. This has a special coating of enamel or ceramic, to which additional metal oxides have been added. This means that grease splatters and food residues do not adhere to the oven walls and therefore do not stick to them. Fat particles already disintegrate during the baking process. The disadvantage: The coating is sensitive and wears off over time. Chemical cleaning agents and scratchy sponges are also taboo. What many don’t know: Pyrolysis ovens are particularly well insulated, which means that electricity consumption is lower during normal use.

Misconception no. 2: Pyrolysis is dangerous

Many consumers don’t like the idea of running the oven at such high temperatures for so long. What if a family member opens it during the cleaning process? The manufacturers have taken precautions here: the moment the program is started, the oven door locks automatically. However, on some models, the oven door can get very hot during the pyrolysis process. It is best to consult a specialist retailer to find out which manufacturers have come to grips with this problem best.

Misconception no. 3: Pyrolysis is expensive

In principle, the same applies here as to energy consumption. A cleaning process costs about one euro of electricity – and you can use the time the oven cleans itself elsewhere. A good oven spray that gives you actual results also comes at a price. Ovens with pyrolysis are somewhat more expensive to purchase than comparable ovens without a self-cleaning function. Ovens with catalysis are cheaper than those with pyrolysis.

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