Is this metal/stove top salvageable? How can I go about cleaning off the charred food?

  1. They're made of cheap aluminum and intended to be replaced. If you're deadset on cleaning them, use a stiff brush to remove loose debris, then make a paste of Barkeeper's Friend (oxalic acid) and a little water. Apply liberally and allow to sit on the pans. Scrub with copper scrubber, repeat paste as you go. But you'll likely pay more for the Barkeeper's Friend and copper scrubber than you will for four replacements, which can often be found even at grocery stores, but certainly at any appliance or home improvement store.

  2. This idea. It would be far easier to just replace them than have really beat up but clean pieces. Your time and effort have value.

  3. Yup, they're called drip pans and you can buy them at Walmart. They sell different ones for different brands & models

  4. Remove the coil and drip pan, and apply a degreaser to remove the bulk of the material. Oxalic acid and willpower will handle the rest.

  5. Home Depot sells replacement coils, and the pans underneath are also replaceable. Home Depot sells those as well.

  6. once many years ago i was helping my gf at that time moving into a new house, after moving things in she looked the stove (a gas one) and the top of the burners were black, she turned the stove on for a minute and cut a lemon in half, then turned the stove off and started to rub the half lemon on the burner top. i had no idea what she was doing until i saw: the burner tops were brass/golden like color and i was like wtf happened here.

  7. Easy to replace. Be aware of brand when you buy these. GE and Hotpoint stove eyes tend to be a different size than the universal ones.

  8. Just adding, the entire top on a lot of (not all!) stoves like this lifts up for cleaning so you can remove the coils and drip pans, lift the top, then clean underneath with barkeepers friend or whatever. In your case I'd definitely say to replace the drip pans and not try to salvage.

  9. Honestly up until 10 years ago I didn’t know I could buy those metal rings I was constantly scrubbing them and praying for the best Just buy new ones

  10. I’ve had tons of luck cleaning a similar stove with a soak in boiling water for an hour or two then barkeepers friend and some elbow grease

  11. Honestly, The Pink Stuff cleans really well. I haven't had it scratch anything yet, and things come clean. I've used it on my new stove really well, and some pot bottoms that I didn't think would come clean.

  12. Getting the char off the white enamel part will take some elbow grease and a green plastic scrub pad. There are lot's of recipes for cleaning the enamel, but I found that ordinary dish detergent worked fairly well. Gently but firmly scrub, let it sit wet for a while, repeat. And repeat. It will take a while.

  13. Also if you didn't know yet but the entire top metal part of your stove opened up, just lift it up and you can clean everything that falls down into the bottom past the silver pans

  14. Easiest way to clean those is to put it into a trash bag, pour in some ammonia, seal it up, then leave it in the sun for a couple days. All of the corrosion will just fall off. It’s very therapeutic.

  15. put it in a large zip lock bag with some ammonia and leave it in the sink for a few hours, it'll slough off in a gross pasty mess leaving a clean drip pan.

  16. Best day of my apartment dwelling days is when I discovered you can just buy replacements cheaper than the chemicals to clean it and the hours spent scrubbing.

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