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Plastic bag melted onto still-hot burner--help!

nofunlatte Oct 18, 2011 04:22 PM

I accidentally placed a plastic ziploc bag onto an electric burner that hadn't cooled down yet. I did manage to pry/peel/scrape off about 90% of the plastic after the burner cooled down enough, but there are still smallish bits hanging onto the coils. Any suggestions for removing them? I don't want to ruin any cookware by using this when there are still pieces of plastic on it.

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  1. Chemicalkinetics RE: nofunlatte Oct 18, 2011 04:51 PM

    There is a simple method. Open the window, turn on the exhaust fan, now turn on the heat of the burner to max and let the coil burns off the rest of plastic. Once the plastic smoke is gone, you can turn off the heat.

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      hill food RE: Chemicalkinetics Oct 18, 2011 04:55 PM

      ditto - the damage is done. burn off the rest, short of running to the hardware store for a new coil there's really no more you can do, just burn it off and try not to breathe the fumes.

    2. Antilope RE: nofunlatte Oct 18, 2011 04:58 PM

      Years ago, I placed a plastic bowl (generic tupperware type) of pancake batter on one electric burner and turned on the burner under the skillet. Or so I though. The bottom of the bowl started smoking. I snatched it away. The bottom of the bowl stayed on the burner, the rest of the bowl came away and pancake batter went everywhere. What a mess.

      I ended up turning the burner back on and scraping the melted plastic off with a metal spatula as it heated up. This was a coil shaped electric burner. No permanent harm done. Except to the bowl. ;-)

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