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  • Grease Stain Removal from Landing

    I got really sloppy pulling out bacon wrapped scallops from my Pompeii oven and fat dripped all over the front of my oven landing, under the vent. How do I get rid of it short of replacing the herringbone bricks?

    I know that food and fat incinerate in the middle of my oven when I have pizza temps going and dome and floor gets "white-hot-clean".

    Has anyone: dragged the embers out onto the vent area to burn off the stains?

    Has anyone dragged the flaming embers/wood toward the front arch/vent to get that white-hot-cleaning on their blackened vent area or is that NOT a good idea to have the 600-700 deg flames in the vent area ?

    What about (sounds crazy, ya) using a blow-torch on the grease stains on the landing, that way the heat is just on those few landing bricks, not everywhere.

    Thanks, Dino
    Last edited by Dino_Pizza; 02-10-2010, 10:42 AM.
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    Re: Grease Stain Removal from Landing

    I know this sounds crazy...but try clay type kitty litter. We use it on the garage floor to remove the oil stains and it works. Just sprinkle it on let it sit overnight and sweep away.
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    • #3
      Re: Grease Stain Removal from Landing

      Or you could just consider it a badge of real oven use and leave it alone... that's what I would do!
      Elizabeth

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      • #4
        Re: Grease Stain Removal from Landing

        Let me know what works for you, Dino! Mine looks the same!
        Mike - Saginaw, MI

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        • #5
          Re: Grease Stain Removal from Landing

          Dino,

          I've tried solvents, pulling hot coals over the area, and yes, even the torch. The torch worked a little bit but the bricks are still soiled. I personally don't want to replace the brick so I am leaving it as it is (unless someone has the magic bullet).
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          • #6
            Re: Grease Stain Removal from Landing

            Boy, you have tried it all Les! I'll worry less about it now. Like Chef said, I could have thrown cat litter on it the next day but it's been so long now. I'll do as Elizabeth says, wear it as a badge of oven use honor.

            I'm always amazed (or jealous ) when I see someones $8000 Viking Range that's so clean you know they never cook on it and I don't want my wfo to become a mausoleum.

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            • #7
              Re: Grease Stain Removal from Landing

              Pour grease on the whole area to even it out.

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              • #8
                Re: Grease Stain Removal from Landing

                I got really sloppy pulling out bacon wrapped scallops from my Pompeii oven and fat dripped all over the front of my oven landing, under the vent. How do I get rid of it short of replacing the herringbone bricks?
                Pull off your chimney cap and let the soot wash down on that landing area. Black bricks show no grease! Seriously, cooking stains are a mark of honor in an outdoor oven.
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                • #9
                  Re: Grease Stain Removal from Landing

                  Does anyone know of an entry floor made of soapstone? It's not supposed to stain, hmm?, and it's often used in ovens and stoves because of durability and heat retention. Just a question.

                  I also have a few food stains..

                  Chris

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                  • #10
                    Re: Grease Stain Removal from Landing

                    I think tscarborough has the ticket. Oil up the whole area. You're bound to spill again anyway. The problem with coals or torch is if they don't get hot enough, you'll be left with a black sooty spot instead of a greasy one.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Grease Stain Removal from Landing

                      Soapstone firebrick, the same dimentions as standard firebrick, looks like its $10 each. I'd bet you could do better on this if you wanted to. It would sure be slick to have a single unbroken surface up front, I'm sure that you could fabricate or have one fabricted. I don't see that the colors available would be good for my build, but the colors would reflect your slate roof just fine..

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