Pyrolysis is a thermo-chemical decomposition of organic compounds, for which very high temperatures are necessary. This does not require the addition of oxygen, such as in the case of gasification or combustion. And it is precisely these properties that modern pyrolytic ovens make use of: they offer a self-cleaning program in which dirt and residues are burned off in the closed oven by means of very high temperatures. Only ash remains. This makes classic oven cleaning superfluous for you!
- A pyrolytic oven saves time and nerves
- When buying, look out for appliance-specific features
- For whom is a pyrolysis oven suitable??
- Alternatives to pyrolysis
- The biggest misconceptions about self-cleaning ovens
- Frequently asked questions about pyrolysis
a pyrolytic oven saves time and nerves
What sounds almost too simple to be true actually works. The advantages are obvious:
- Time saving: you no longer have to soak the oven for hours and then spend a long time wiping it down until it shines again. After cleaning by pyrolysis, you simply wipe the remaining ash residues out of the oven.
- No need for chemical cleaners: abrasives and harsh cleaning sprays are a thing of the past with pyrolysis. And that gives you a good feeling, because you don’t want to find any cleaning agent residues when you bake or fry your food!
- No more tedious scrubbing: from now on, you can take your fitness program elsewhere, because with a pyrolytic oven, muscle strength is no longer required. Simply switch on the cleaning program and briefly wipe out the oven with a damp cloth when you have finished.
In addition, the annoying smells caused by burnt food leftovers in the oven are eliminated, as is the smoke that often accompanies them. All this sounds like a worthwhile investment. However, there are a few disadvantages of the self-cleaning function that should not be concealed.
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When buying a pyrolytic oven, pay attention to the specific features of the appliance
All major manufacturers such as siemens, bosch, AEG or NEFF have ovens with self-cleaning in their program. The purchase cost of a pyrolytic oven is often higher than the price of a comparable appliance without the additional feature. When buying, also pay attention to the energy efficiency class of the appliance: especially if you want to use the cleaning program more often, it is very worthwhile to pay attention to an energy-friendly oven in order to save costs and not to burden the environment unnecessarily.
Baking trays and racks that you use to prepare food in the oven are often not suitable for pyrolysis. You must therefore remove these accessories from the ovens and clean them separately – often by hand, as they are too large or too dirty for the dishwasher. Also make inquiries in advance, whether the pyrolytic oven can be cleaned altogether, or if certain parts, such as slide-in rails, need to be dismantled first. Because this step is time-consuming and costs additional time.
it is particularly annoying if not all residues have been burned off after cleaning by pyrolysis, for example on the glass pane of the oven. This can happen and requires subsequent cleaning and scrubbing.
For whom is a pyrolytic oven suitable??
Despite the disadvantages mentioned, an oven with pyrolysis function is a fine thing. Especially if you use your oven frequently and prepare mainly fatty foods, such as roasts or chicken, such a device is quickly worthwhile. Even if you’re sloppy about using protective baking paper – under pizza, for example – the feature will make your kitchen work easier. For people who prefer to cook on the stove instead of baking or gratinating, a pyrolytic oven is not absolutely necessary.
alternatives to pyrolysis:
how to clean your oven easily
To get an oven sparkling clean again, there are a few tips and tricks that will make this unpopular task child’s play for you.
- it’s best to wipe out the oven thoroughly after every use. This prevents food residues from burning in the first place.
- Do not use harsh cleaning agents. You leave behind unpleasant odors that can be transferred to the food the next time you use it. They also pollute the environment unnecessarily.
- An oven-safe bowl filled with water and the juice of a lemon at 50°C for approx. Leave a half in the oven. The evaporated water-acid mixture dissolves crusts and grease splashes, making cleaning easier afterwards.
Simply burning away burnt-on food scraps: pyrolysis makes cleaning the oven child’s play.
The biggest misconceptions about self-cleaning ovens
Even though pyrolysis is becoming more and more popular, there are still many myths and misconceptions about self-cleaning ovens, which we would like to clear up here.
Mistake nr. 1: pyrolysis is bad for the environment
For pyrolysis to be fully effective, high temperatures must be achieved. This, of course, requires energy in the form of electricity. But the kilowatt hours actually needed are limited. In addition, cleaning with pyrolysis completely eliminates the need for chemical cleaning agents. If you are still concerned about the power consumption, you can alternatively opt for a self-cleaning oven with catalysis. This has a special coating of enamel or ceramic, to which additional metal oxides have been mixed. This prevents grease splashes and food residues from adhering to the oven walls. Fat particles already decompose during the baking process. The disadvantage: the coating is sensitive and wears off over time. Chemical cleaning agents and scratchy sponges are also taboo. What many people don’t know: pyrolytic ovens are particularly well insulated, which means that electricity consumption is lower during normal use.
Mistake no. 2: pyrolysis is dangerous
many consumers don’t like the idea of leaving the oven running at such high temperatures for so long. What if a family member opens it during the cleaning process?? The manufacturers have taken precautions here: the moment the program is started, the oven door locks automatically. However, in some models, the oven door can become very hot during pyrolysis. consult your specialist dealer to find out which manufacturers have come up with the best solutions to this problem.
Mistake no. 3: pyrolysis is expensive
In principle, the same applies here as with the energy consumption. One cleaning process costs about one euro in electricity – and the time the oven spends cleaning itself can be used for other purposes. A good oven spray, with which you achieve real results, also has its price. Ovens with pyrolysis are somewhat more expensive to buy than comparable ovens without a self-cleaning function. Ovens with catalysis are cheaper than those with pyrolysis.