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rtms Feb 28, 2009 05:52 AM

I'm tired of cleaning the oven floor. There's a great sale on those silicon liner sheets and I wondered if anyone has used them to line the oven. I thought that that cleaning would easier if I could remove the sheets rather than scrubbing the oven..

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    koigirl Mar 4, 2009 02:18 PM

    I asked this question a few months ago re: my Wolf AG range oven and got a resounding "NO!" It had seemed like such a brilliant idea, too, as the oven's not self-cleaning and I hate to clean ovens. I worked around this by putting the sheet on the bottom rack, up off the floor where it might melt but still catching most of the drips, etc. before they can bake onto the oven floor.

    1. alwayscooking Mar 3, 2009 08:43 PM

      I've used a silicon liner in my oven for the past 5 years. It was designed to be used in the oven and cleans-up easily. The only issue I had was when I first installed it. I put it down, turned the oven on and wondered why it wasn't getting hot. I lifted the sheet and whosh!!!! I had covered up the vents on the bottom of the oven and when air, gas, and the light all met . . .

      I'll never make that mistake again.

      But would reuse them.

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        pass Mar 1, 2009 07:18 AM

        I use those teflon covered sheets, never had an issue with them and anything that reduces cleaning seems very good to me :)

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          rtms Mar 1, 2009 07:05 AM

          Thanks all for the advice. I won't use the silicon sheets for the oven. I might custom trim them for my baking pans - after all that's what they were designed for.

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            jzerocsk Mar 2, 2009 06:14 AM

            If you have the silicone sheets with the fiberglass weave (Silpat or Exopat for example), they don't recommend cutting them because the fiberglass can get into your food.

          2. ScubaSteve Mar 1, 2009 07:02 AM

            i'd say using silpats, or similar, would be a bad idea.
            i just run the self clean cycle then wipe the interior down with wet paper towels.

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            1. re: ScubaSteve
              lynnlato Mar 2, 2009 12:27 PM

              I've been known to run the self-clean cycle and then use the vacuum hose to suck out the ashes. Shhhhh, my little secret.

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              lcool Feb 28, 2009 06:15 AM

              they make a sheet for the purpose,trim to fit
              a no-no withsome electric ovens(newer)

              1. lynnlato Feb 28, 2009 06:13 AM

                Why not just a sheet of aluminum foil? Even less cleaning than the silicone sheet. That's the way grandma always did it. Even better, it's recyclable.

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                  dmd_kc Mar 3, 2009 08:32 PM

                  lynnlato, you have to be very careful with foil on the oven floor and do it only if specified by the manufacturer. My mother's one of many who burned the foil onto the surface of her oven interior permanently by doing that. Lucky for her, the oven floor is a separate piece that can be removed and replaced. But check threads like this one:

                  http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/...

                  1. re: dmd_kc
                    lynnlato Mar 4, 2009 02:07 AM

                    Wow, interesting. I just read an article in the Honolulu Times too. It appears that today's foil is a different product than the foil that grandma used. Go figure. http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/app...

                    They have suggested that oven mfg's place stickers in the bottom of ovens advising against this practice.

                    Ok, so DONT use foil in the bottom of your oven like grandma used to do.

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                      iamafoodie Mar 4, 2009 09:05 AM

                      If your electric range has the exposed element in it you will shorten its life using a sheet of foil beneath it. Do not use anything in the new ovens with the concealed element.

                      Have a spare element on hand if you use foil because it's sure to fail on a holiday.

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