It is almost time for dinner. You switch the oven on and start to prep a tasty family supper. But…what is that smell? There is nothing like the acrid smell of a smoking oven to make you reach for your phone and order a takeaway, instead.
There are a number of things that can cause a smoking oven. Here, we will take a look at some of the most common causes and discover solutions that will help you to get back to smoke-free cooking in no time at all.
Take a good look inside your oven…
If you have turned your oven on, turn it off and wait until it has cooled and is no longer smoking.
Now, open your oven and inspect the oven floor.
Fat residue on the oven floor from a previous meal can often be the cause of a smoking oven.
Alternatively, you could find that there is grease on your grill that is causing the problem.
Luckily, this is easily cleaned up, with a bit of elbow grease and some oven cleaner. Alternatively, if you want a more natural solution, you could mix together some bicarbonate of soda and water. Put this into an old spray bottle, then spray a few squirts on the offending fat. Leave overnight, then wipe clean with a damp sponge.
Make sure your oven is turned off before you attempt to clean it.
You could even put your oven shelves in your dishwasher if you have one. Otherwise, scrub them in your sink with some washing-up liquid and warm water.
While you are cleaning, make sure you pick up any crumbs or pieces of food that could be causing your oven to smoke.
I still have a smoking oven
If your oven is clean and you are still getting lots of smoke when you turn it on, it could just be that a cleaning product you used is ‘burning off’.
This should clear within a few minutes.
If your oven is still smoking and seems clean, there could be something else wrong.
How to prevent a smoking oven
In order to stop your oven from smoking in the future, it is important to keep it clean.
If you cook your dinner and food has spilt or fat has splashed, wipe it up as soon as it is cool enough to do so.
If something spills when you are cooking, the best thing to do would be to turn the oven off and clean it up. However, this is not always possible.
One top tip is to pour some bicarbonate of soda on top of the spill, to stop it from smoking. Make sure not to burn yourself!
Then, you can clean it up when you have finished cooking and the oven is off.
This is great if you have guests for dinner and do not want your kitchen to be filled with foul-smelling smoke.
To stop this happening in the future, it is a good idea to place foods that could spill over (such as lasagne or pie) onto a baking tray lined with foil. This will catch any spillages and the foil can simply be put in the bin once it has cooled.
If you are grilling food, keep it a little further from the grill. This way, there will not be as many splashes of food landing on the grill and causing smoke.
Time to call in the professionals
If you have cleaned your oven and it is still smoking when you turn it on, it may be time to call in the professionals.
Sometimes, you may find that it is cheaper to buy a new oven than to pay for your current oven to be fixed.
However, it can often be worth having a professional to come and look, as the problem may be easily and cheaply rectified.
Need a new oven?
New ovens can be expensive.
Unfortunately, for many of us, they are a key part of our kitchen equipment. There are only so many meals that you can make in a microwave!
If you are struggling to pay for a new oven, you could ask for help from a friend or family member.
Alternatively, you could consider taking out a short-term loan.
These type of loans are designed for use in emergency situations. If you are approved for a loan, the money could be in your bank account in as little as one hour.
As with any type of financial product, it is essential to ensure that you can comfortably afford to repay anything that you borrow.