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    Kris Guest

    Default Melted Plastic on Stove Grate

    OK, I somehow have melted plastic on my stove grate. (I'll just blame
    it on my husband...)

    How can I get it off? It won't pry off. The grate is cast iron.

    Any help welcome!!

    Thank you,
    Kris

  2. #2
    Ed Pawlowski Guest

    Default Re: Melted Plastic on Stove Grate

    ?
    "Kris" <[email protected]> wrote
    > OK, I somehow have melted plastic on my stove grate. (I'll just blame
    > it on my husband...)
    >
    > How can I get it off? It won't pry off. The grate is cast iron.
    >
    > Any help welcome!!
    >
    > Thank you,
    > Kris


    You can try heating it to soften and get most off. For the rest of it, take
    it outside and burn it off with a propane torch. It may stink and smoke, but
    the cast iron won't be harmed. Some plastics can be dissolved in a
    solvent, but if it is a typical kitchen use plastic, it will not dissolve.




  3. #3
    Julie Bove Guest

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    "Kris" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > OK, I somehow have melted plastic on my stove grate. (I'll just blame
    > it on my husband...)
    >
    > How can I get it off? It won't pry off. The grate is cast iron.
    >
    > Any help welcome!!
    >
    > Thank you,
    > Kris


    Just guessing here, but I would try heating it up and then wiping it off
    with paper towels. This is what I did when my room mate put a package of
    Styrofoam cups up against my toaster oven. I didn't see it there when I
    turned the oven on. But I smelled it!



  4. #4
    isw Guest

    Default Re: Melted Plastic on Stove Grate

    In article
    <[email protected]>,
    Kris <[email protected]> wrote:

    > OK, I somehow have melted plastic on my stove grate. (I'll just blame
    > it on my husband...)
    >
    > How can I get it off? It won't pry off. The grate is cast iron.


    turn on the exhaust fan. Turn on the burner. When it stops smoking, let
    it cool and knock off the black bits with a hammer.

    Isaac

  5. #5
    sf Guest

    Default Re: Melted Plastic on Stove Grate

    On Fri, 4 Feb 2011 21:18:35 -0800 (PST), Kris <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    > OK, I somehow have melted plastic on my stove grate. (I'll just blame
    > it on my husband...)
    >
    > How can I get it off? It won't pry off. The grate is cast iron.
    >
    > Any help welcome!!
    >

    Do you have a self cleaning oven? Does the grate fit inside?

    --

    Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.

  6. #6
    J. Clarke Guest

    Default Re: Melted Plastic on Stove Grate

    In article <ecd22269-48a0-450d-89d2-27f055d6664b@
    24g2000yqa.googlegroups.com>, [email protected] says...
    >
    > OK, I somehow have melted plastic on my stove grate. (I'll just blame
    > it on my husband...)
    >
    > How can I get it off? It won't pry off. The grate is cast iron.
    >
    > Any help welcome!!


    Gas stove? Outside vented hood? Get a pair of vise-grips (if you don't
    know what they are, ask at any hardware store--you want the 7 inch or
    larger), turn the hood up high, turn the big burner up high, grab the
    grate with the vise-grips, run the affected areas through the flame
    until clean. Any common plastics that melt will burn off, but they'll
    also smoke and smell awful and may produce some slightly toxic fumes.

    If you have a self-cleaning oven throw it in the oven and run the
    cleaning cycle. If the plastic is thick put something under the grate
    to catch any drips.

    If you have a bird don't do either of these--birds are insanely
    sensitive to overheated plastic, instead take the grate outside and burn
    the plastic off with a gas grille if you have one, or take it as an
    excuse to get a propane torch (same place you got the vise-grips, also
    can use it for creme brulee).

    You can help the process along by scraping the plastic once it's hot--
    use something cheap that you can throw away or you may end up having to
    clean the scraper as well.



  7. #7
    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Re: Melted Plastic on Stove Grate

    In article
    <[email protected]>,
    Kris <[email protected]> wrote:

    > OK, I somehow have melted plastic on my stove grate. (I'll just blame
    > it on my husband...)
    >
    > How can I get it off? It won't pry off. The grate is cast iron.
    >
    > Any help welcome!!
    >
    > Thank you,
    > Kris


    Inside the house or outside?
    Can you burn it off?

    --
    Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    Holy Order of the Sacred Sisters of St. Pectina of Jella
    "Always in a jam, never in a stew; sometimes in a pickle."
    Pepparkakor particulars posted 11-29-2010;
    http://web.me.com/barbschaller

  8. #8
    Kris Guest

    Default Re: Melted Plastic on Stove Grate

    On Feb 5, 2:50*am, sf <s...@geemail.com> wrote:
    > On Fri, 4 Feb 2011 21:18:35 -0800 (PST), Kris <shanno...@hotmail.com>
    > wrote:
    >
    > > OK, I somehow have melted plastic on my stove grate. (I'll just blame
    > > it on my husband...)

    >
    > > How can I get it off? It won't pry off. The grate is cast iron.

    >
    > > Any help welcome!!

    >
    > Do you have a self cleaning oven? *Does the grate fit inside?
    >
    > --
    >
    > Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.


    Wow - never thought of that. Will cast iron be OK in there? I guess it
    would, although they always recommend taking out the regular oven
    racks.

    Thanks,
    Kris

  9. #9
    Kris Guest

    Default Re: Melted Plastic on Stove Grate

    On Feb 5, 9:27*am, "J. Clarke" <jclarkeuse...@cox.net> wrote:
    > In article <ecd22269-48a0-450d-89d2-27f055d6664b@
    > 24g2000yqa.googlegroups.com>, shanno...@hotmail.com says...
    >
    >
    >
    > > OK, I somehow have melted plastic on my stove grate. (I'll just blame
    > > it on my husband...)

    >
    > > How can I get it off? It won't pry off. The grate is cast iron.

    >
    > > Any help welcome!!

    >
    > Gas stove? *Outside vented hood? *Get a pair of vise-grips (if you don't
    > know what they are, ask at any hardware store--you want the 7 inch or
    > larger), turn the hood up high, turn the big burner up high, grab the
    > grate with the vise-grips, run the affected areas through the flame
    > until clean. *Any common plastics that melt will burn off, but they'll
    > also smoke and smell awful and may produce some slightly toxic fumes.
    >
    > If you have a self-cleaning oven throw it in the oven and run the
    > cleaning cycle. *If the plastic is thick put something under the grate
    > to catch any drips.
    >
    > If you have a bird don't do either of these--birds are insanely
    > sensitive to overheated plastic, instead take the grate outside and burn
    > the plastic off with a gas grille if you have one, or take it as an
    > excuse to get a propane torch (same place you got the vise-grips, also
    > can use it for creme brulee).
    >
    > You can help the process along by scraping the plastic once it's hot--
    > use something cheap that you can throw away or you may end up having to
    > clean the scraper as well.


    I have no bird, but I do have kids! Would running the exhaust fan on
    high take care of the fumes? Of course it's January and I hate to open
    th kitchen window for very long...

    Kris

  10. #10
    Kris Guest

    Default Re: Melted Plastic on Stove Grate

    On Feb 5, 10:04*am, Melba's Jammin' <barbschal...@earthlink.net>
    wrote:
    > In article
    > <ecd22269-48a0-450d-89d2-27f055d66...@24g2000yqa.googlegroups.com>,
    >
    > *Kris <shanno...@hotmail.com> wrote:
    > > OK, I somehow have melted plastic on my stove grate. (I'll just blame
    > > it on my husband...)

    >
    > > How can I get it off? It won't pry off. The grate is cast iron.

    >
    > > Any help welcome!!

    >
    > > Thank you,
    > > Kris

    >
    > Inside the house or outside? *
    > Can you burn it off?
    >
    > --
    > Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    > Holy Order of the Sacred Sisters of St. Pectina of Jella
    > "Always in a jam, never in a stew; sometimes in a pickle."
    > Pepparkakor particulars posted 11-29-2010;http://web.me.com/barbschaller


    Inside. Looks like I'll have to burn the heck out of it or bake the
    heck out of it. I wish I had a torch.

    Thanks,
    Kris

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    J. Clarke Guest

    Default Re: Melted Plastic on Stove Grate

    In article <82fc9ba1-f19b-4263-b522-e42dce7508c9
    @k38g2000vbn.googlegroups.com>, [email protected] says...
    >
    > On Feb 5, 10:04*am, Melba's Jammin' <barbschal...@earthlink.net>
    > wrote:
    > > In article
    > > <ecd22269-48a0-450d-89d2-27f055d66...@24g2000yqa.googlegroups.com>,
    > >
    > > *Kris <shanno...@hotmail.com> wrote:
    > > > OK, I somehow have melted plastic on my stove grate. (I'll just blame
    > > > it on my husband...)

    > >
    > > > How can I get it off? It won't pry off. The grate is cast iron.

    > >
    > > > Any help welcome!!

    > >
    > > > Thank you,
    > > > Kris

    > >
    > > Inside the house or outside? *
    > > Can you burn it off?
    > >
    > > --
    > > Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    > > Holy Order of the Sacred Sisters of St. Pectina of Jella
    > > "Always in a jam, never in a stew; sometimes in a pickle."
    > > Pepparkakor particulars posted 11-29-2010;http://web.me.com/barbschaller

    >
    > Inside. Looks like I'll have to burn the heck out of it or bake the
    > heck out of it. I wish I had a torch.


    Might be an excuse to get one. Just make sure it's pressure-regulated
    if you want to use it for creme brulee.



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    Stu Guest

    Default Re: Melted Plastic on Stove Grate

    On Fri, 4 Feb 2011 21:18:35 -0800 (PST), Kris <[email protected]> wrote:

    >OK, I somehow have melted plastic on my stove grate. (I'll just blame
    >it on my husband...)
    >
    >How can I get it off? It won't pry off. The grate is cast iron.
    >
    >Any help welcome!!
    >
    >Thank you,
    >Kris


    Hey Kris,

    Just warm it up and use a copper scrubby to wipe/scrape it off, if you have any
    residual use a moistened scrub sponge to quickly wipe it.

    --

    Stu

    So much more than just a recipe website

    Recipe of the week "GARLIC PEPPER VEGGIE BALLS"
    http://foodforu.ca/recipeofweek.html


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    ImStillMags Guest

    Default Re: Melted Plastic on Stove Grate

    On Feb 5, 8:46*am, Stu <i...@foodforu.ca> wrote:
    > On Fri, 4 Feb 2011 21:18:35 -0800 (PST), Kris <shanno...@hotmail.com> wrote:
    > >OK, I somehow have melted plastic on my stove grate. (I'll just blame
    > >it on my husband...)

    >
    > >How can I get it off? It won't pry off. The grate is cast iron.

    >
    > >Any help welcome!!

    >
    > >Thank you,
    > >Kris

    >
    > Hey Kris,
    >
    > Just warm it up and use a copper scrubby to wipe/scrape it off, if you have any
    > residual use a moistened scrub sponge to quickly wipe it.



    Don't burn it off inside your house. Very toxic. Just warm it up
    enough to soften the plastic to the point of
    being able to take a paper towell...damp paper towell, and wipe the
    bulk of it off. Keep it warm with repeated
    wiping till you have pretty much all of it off. Then put it in a
    sink of very hot soapy water and scrub it.

    DO NOT BURN IT OFF IN YOUR HOUSE. PLEASE.





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    sf Guest

    Default Re: Melted Plastic on Stove Grate

    On Sat, 5 Feb 2011 07:50:47 -0800 (PST), Kris <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    > Wow - never thought of that. Will cast iron be OK in there? I guess it
    > would, although they always recommend taking out the regular oven
    > racks.


    They do that because the shiny finish will be ruined during the self
    cleaning cycle and people complain when their cookie sheets don't
    glide in and out. Of course, we know how to remedy that.


    --

    Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.

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    sf Guest

    Default Re: Melted Plastic on Stove Grate

    On Sat, 5 Feb 2011 07:53:58 -0800 (PST), Kris <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    > I wish I had a torch.


    This is as good an excuse as any to buy a kitchen torch... not those
    itty bitty things either and after that crème brûlée, here you come!

    --

    Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.

  16. #16
    Dave Smith Guest

    Default Re: Melted Plastic on Stove Grate

    On 05/02/2011 11:56 AM, sf wrote:
    > On Sat, 5 Feb 2011 07:53:58 -0800 (PST), Kris<[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >> I wish I had a torch.

    >
    > This is as good an excuse as any to buy a kitchen torch... not those
    > itty bitty things either and after that crème brûlée, here you come!
    >


    And you don't need to worry about food grade propane jsut to clean the
    grate ;-)

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    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Re: Melted Plastic on Stove Grate

    In article
    <[email protected]>,
    Kris <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On Feb 5, 10:04*am, Melba's Jammin' <barbschal...@earthlink.net>
    > > Inside the house or outside? *
    > > Can you burn it off?


    > Inside. Looks like I'll have to burn the heck out of it or bake the
    > heck out of it. I wish I had a torch.
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Kris


    Find a neighbor. And do it outside.

    --
    Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    Holy Order of the Sacred Sisters of St. Pectina of Jella
    "Always in a jam, never in a stew; sometimes in a pickle."
    Pepparkakor particulars posted 11-29-2010;
    http://web.me.com/barbschaller

  18. #18
    Kris Guest

    Default Re: Melted Plastic on Stove Grate

    On Feb 5, 11:50*am, ImStillMags <sitara8...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > On Feb 5, 8:46*am, Stu <i...@foodforu.ca> wrote:
    >
    > > On Fri, 4 Feb 2011 21:18:35 -0800 (PST), Kris <shanno...@hotmail.com> wrote:
    > > >OK, I somehow have melted plastic on my stove grate. (I'll just blame
    > > >it on my husband...)

    >
    > > >How can I get it off? It won't pry off. The grate is cast iron.

    >
    > > >Any help welcome!!

    >
    > > >Thank you,
    > > >Kris

    >
    > > Hey Kris,

    >
    > > Just warm it up and use a copper scrubby to wipe/scrape it off, if you have any
    > > residual use a moistened scrub sponge to quickly wipe it.

    >
    > Don't burn it off inside your house. * Very toxic. * *Just warm it up
    > enough to soften the plastic to the point of
    > being able to take a paper towell...damp paper towell, and wipe the
    > bulk of it off. * Keep it warm with repeated
    > wiping till you have pretty much all of it off. * Then put it in a
    > sink of very hot soapy water and scrub it.
    >
    > DO NOT BURN IT OFF IN YOUR HOUSE. PLEASE.


    Would the self-clean oven mode be safe, fume-wise?

    Kris

  19. #19
    ImStillMags Guest

    Default Re: Melted Plastic on Stove Grate

    On Feb 5, 9:45*am, Kris <shanno...@hotmail.com> wrote:
    > On Feb 5, 11:50*am, ImStillMags <sitara8...@gmail.com> wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    > > On Feb 5, 8:46*am, Stu <i...@foodforu.ca> wrote:

    >
    > > > On Fri, 4 Feb 2011 21:18:35 -0800 (PST), Kris <shanno...@hotmail.com>wrote:
    > > > >OK, I somehow have melted plastic on my stove grate. (I'll just blame
    > > > >it on my husband...)

    >
    > > > >How can I get it off? It won't pry off. The grate is cast iron.

    >
    > > > >Any help welcome!!

    >
    > > > >Thank you,
    > > > >Kris

    >
    > > > Hey Kris,

    >
    > > > Just warm it up and use a copper scrubby to wipe/scrape it off, if you have any
    > > > residual use a moistened scrub sponge to quickly wipe it.

    >
    > > Don't burn it off inside your house. * Very toxic. * *Just warm it up
    > > enough to soften the plastic to the point of
    > > being able to take a paper towell...damp paper towell, and wipe the
    > > bulk of it off. * Keep it warm with repeated
    > > wiping till you have pretty much all of it off. * Then put it in a
    > > sink of very hot soapy water and scrub it.

    >
    > > DO NOT BURN IT OFF IN YOUR HOUSE. PLEASE.

    >
    > Would the self-clean oven mode be safe, fume-wise?
    >
    > Kris


    I wouldn't chance it.



  20. #20
    Brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: Melted Plastic on Stove Grate

    On Sat, 5 Feb 2011 07:50:47 -0800 (PST), Kris <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >On Feb 5, 2:50*am, sf <s...@geemail.com> wrote:
    >> On Fri, 4 Feb 2011 21:18:35 -0800 (PST), Kris <shanno...@hotmail.com>
    >> wrote:
    >>
    >> > OK, I somehow have melted plastic on my stove grate. (I'll just blame
    >> > it on my husband...)

    >>
    >> > How can I get it off? It won't pry off. The grate is cast iron.

    >>
    >> > Any help welcome!!

    >>
    >> Do you have a self cleaning oven? *Does the grate fit inside?
    >>
    >> --
    >>
    >> Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.

    >
    >Wow - never thought of that. Will cast iron be OK in there? I guess it
    >would, although they always recommend taking out the regular oven
    >racks.
    >
    >Thanks,
    >Kris


    I wouldn't if it's porcelainized... the expansion coefficient
    difference is such that at so high a temperature the porcelain may
    crack off as the cast iron expands.

    Try placing it in your freezer for a day, the plastic may flake off...
    the temperature difference is not nearly so great as with the oven
    clean cycle. Many plastics dissolve with acetone (nail polish
    remover), but use caution, acetone is a carcinogen.

    But the first thing I'd try is to peel it off with a single edge
    razor, or even an old paring knife.

    When I first got my GE profile gas stove after a few months I brought
    the grates outdoors to clean them with ammonia. I dropped one on the
    patio and some porcelain chipped off. I phoned GE to see if they'd
    sell me a new one, they sent me a carton that contained all four,
    gratis... I still have the three unused and never did throw the
    chipped grate away, it's in the carton with the new ones... don't ask
    me why... probably because it was a very nice carton and there was
    that empty slot... and people with basements can save lots of stuff.

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