Do pyrolytic ovens cause emissions and are they expensive to run?
Examination of the advantages and disadvantages
Removing burnt-on food residues from the inside of an oven is a tedious and time-consuming task. Like robot vacuum cleaners, self-cleaning ovens therefore offer the perfect salvation for anyone who hates cleaning. However, many amateur chefs and culinary aficionados still have reservations about pyrolytic ovens. It’s therefore high time that we thoroughly examined the most common concerns.
Should I be worried about emissions from my oven?
“Before using your oven for the first time heat it up with nothing in it for at least two hours.” This is the first instruction to be followed by new oven owners. The reason for this will become obvious the first time the oven is used. New ovens emit unpleasant odours. Good ventilation is required to allow the unpleasant smell to disappear again as quickly as possible. These unpleasant odours are caused by evaporation from the parts installed in the oven. When the oven is used for the first time, toxic substances are generated, which are released by possible residues on the components such as grease and then inhaled by us. What many people don’t know is that toxic emissions are still emitted by the components during the subsequent use of the oven, but this does not have to be the case. Special equipment is now available for the inside of the oven, for example Accuride’s Fullpyro telescopic slide which does not release any detectable emissions after initial heating.
Do pyrolytic ovens use a lot of electricity?
Pyrolytic ovens operate for one and a half to two hours. Many users still worry that this process requires lots of power, believing that pyrolytic ovens are associated with increased electricity costs. In actual fact, pyrolytic ovens are very well insulated, efficiently store heat inside the oven and, for this reason, use less electricity during operation than conventional ovens. In addition, models are now available, which feature a shorter cleaning cycle thanks to sensors which determine the existing level of fumes or “Eco analysis” which determines the degree of contamination.
In environmental terms, natural cleaning with heat is much better than using chemical oven cleaners, which can leave behind residues. In addition, no extra costs are incurred by having to purchase additional cleaning agents.
More importantly, it is not necessary to clean the oven every week – once a month or even less frequently will suffice. Depending on how frequently the oven is used and the degree of contamination, it may even be sufficient to only clean the oven two to three times a year.
Can the high temperatures generated during pyrolysis be dangerous?
As early as our childhood, we are warned by our parents about heat and naked flames. “Don’t touch the hob” or “don’t play with fire” are basic rules which we later repeatedly impress upon our own children as well, in order to prevent accidents. Concerns about pyrolytic ovens, which can attain temperatures of up to 500 degrees Celsius during the cleaning process, are therefore more than understandable — especially if there are young children in the house. The big worry is that children could open the oven during the pyrolytic process, unobserved, and sustain severe burns.
However, to prevent accidents, manufacturers have already equipped pyrolytic ovens with an automatic locking system which locks the oven door as soon as the pyrolytic process begins. Thanks to the oven’s good insulation properties, the oven door also stays cooler compared with conventional ovens, so that small children will not immediately burn themselves if they touch the oven door with their hands. In addition, adjacent parts of the kitchen and appliances such as cabinets and drawers or cookers and microwaves are optimally protected against heat. This means that the high temperatures generated during the pyrolytic process cannot harm you or your family.
Do I have to go to the trouble of cleaning accessories separately by hand?
A fully-equipped oven also includes internal parts such as a baking tray, shelf or extendible rails which allow even heavy dishes to be easily removed from the oven, making it as easy as possible to get at the food. However, what happens to these accessories during pyrolysis? Can they withstand the extremely high temperatures or do they have to be removed before running the cleaning programme? By doing a little bit of research when you purchase these accessories, you can certainly make your life easier later, because products are already available, which can be left in the pyrolytic oven and cleaned as well. This means you can save yourself the trouble of scrubbing them by hand. Accuride’s Fullpyro, for example, can be cleaned directly in the oven during the pyrolytic process. However, if you do not want to start a pyrolytic process, you can simply clean the Fullpyro in the dishwasher. It will not be damaged by either water or heat. And the best thing is that you no longer have to scrub!
In view of the many advantages of pyrolytic ovens such as their lower emissions, environmental friendliness, energy efficiency and safety and the fact that they can save you the tedious task of scrubbing your oven, it is definitely worth considering purchasing a pyrolytic oven but make sure it is supplied with Accuride Fullpyro telescopic slides!
Do you have any questions about rail accessories for your pyrolytic oven? Contact us. We will be happy to help you.