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Melted plastic on an electric stove top ring

Please tell me that someone else has done this - stoopid, I know. I'm having flashbacks of my mother staying here and me coming home after work, HORRIFIED, that she'd left burners on after making lunch.

So, any tried and true fixes? Sheesh - I'm down to two burners as it is. I hope this is an easy fix - at least easier than it was to muck it up.

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  1. Depending on the stove it might be cheaper to replace the burners, you could spend a lot of time/money trying to remove it with marginal results.

    I just left mine since I'm the only person allowed to use my stove it's NBD.

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    1. re: Sam Salmon

      I agree. I'm not exactly sure what "stove top ring", but if the plastic is melted onto the electric burner, it will be much easier to just replace the burner. Replacements should be about $15. If it's just on the chrome ring surrounding the burner, the replacement is even cheaper.

    2. So are you saying she left something plastic on the burner and it's melted onto the ring around the burner? That doesn't sound like it would effect the function just the appearance. If you turn it on high, will the plastic re-melt and you can pick/peel/lift it off?

      1. If you've got melted plastic on a stove top elemenet, turn the fan on full blast, open all the kitchen windows and turn the burner on high. It will smoke like crazy but eventually it will burn off. You might be left with some discoloration (most likely not), but it won't effect performance.

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        1. re: scott123

          Seconded. This approach works fine. I think this happened to me a few times when I had a coil stove and I just burned the plastic off with the fan on. I didn't have any windows in my kitchen to open, but it wasn't a huge deal with only a little bit of plastic on the burner. It might be different if the plastic covers the entire burner though.

          1. re: scott123

            Agreed. Also, leave the room while it's smoking. Those are fumes you don't want to be breathing in.

          2. Great suggestions all! I'll try the "melt off" method last, before replacing. I'll report back what work. Sheesh - maybe cleaning my work surfaces so I have somewhere to put things, would've helped!

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            1. re: JerryMe

              Thot I'd report back w/ what worked. I got the burner off and after checking online ($49.00 + shipping) and local ($54.00 + tax) I took it outside and pulled out the Zippo lighter. Just a few minutes and all the wax was burned off. Re-installed in a matter of minutes and I'm back in business - Thanks Chowhound!

              I even went so far as to check out a new (used) stove and I just can't justify the cost this time of year.

              1. re: JerryMe

                Was it wax or plastic? There's a big difference. Wax will easily melt off. Plastic, not always and not without the release of some pretty harsh fumes.

              2. re: JerryMe

                Years ago I melted the bottom of a Tupperware bowl onto an electric burner. The walls of the bowl came away and the bowl bottom was fused to the electric element. I just turned the burner on low and increased the heat until the bowl bottom remelted and scraped it off with a metal spatula. Work out fine and I used that burner for many years after that.