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Old 11-02-2015, 05:57 PM
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Stove Drip Pans - why chrome???

Too mild for a pit, too mundane for IMHO, possibly no factual answer so not going to GQ....

I just cleaned the electric stove's drip pans and am once again baffled as to why they are chrome-plated.

They look lovely when brand now. Three uses and there's crud that cannot be scrubbed off no matter how hard you try - I think mostly it's that the chrome has been eaten away and it's actually rust.

Whatever the cause, they look vile after 2 months of use.

I looked in vain for stainless steel drip pans and apparently they Do Not Exist. The only non-chrome ones I've seen are some kind of black enamel - which blows my theory that someone thinks that chrome functions better (reflects heat upward better). Except that function is lost as soon as they start looking rusted, amirite?

Longing for the day when this cooktop gives up the ghost and I can get an induction range. It's 20 years old and going strong though, dadgummit .
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Old 11-02-2015, 06:39 PM
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Now that's curious. I just searched for Stainless Steel Drip pans, and none of the sites listed actually had them. I wonder if the price would just be too high. The 'Chrome' pans only cost around $15 for a full set. Which is why they don't last, for that price they must be made of pretty low grade metal with a thin plating.
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Old 11-02-2015, 11:23 PM
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Probably due to cost. Most things I looked at said it is for reflecting heat upwards. (Black enamel will do this pretty well too). They make foil inserts you can put on them, or use tinfoil as well.
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Old 11-03-2015, 03:24 AM
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Or you could try watching what you're cooking, and not letting it boil over...
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Old 11-03-2015, 10:17 AM
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Because with Internet Exploter food took forever to cook...
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Old 11-03-2015, 03:28 PM
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Because with Internet Exploter food took forever to cook...
I would suggest Firefox, but it's pretty difficult to hold a pan over the fox once you set it ablaze. Turns out strapping the pan on before lighting the fox doesn't work too well either. You have to wait fro the firemen to leave before you can pick through the burned out hulk of your neighbor's house in order to find your supper. And it's invariably overdone.
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Old 11-03-2015, 03:32 PM
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I would suggest Firefox, but it's pretty difficult to hold a pan over the fox once you set it ablaze. Turns out strapping the pan on before lighting the fox doesn't work too well either. You have to wait fro the firemen to leave before you can pick through the burned out hulk of your neighbor's house in order to find your supper. And it's invariably overdone.
It also takes forever to start and doesn't open a different process for each tab, so if one tab hangs all your open tabs are lost.

So we are stuck with using memory hoggin' bloated Chrome to cook.
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Old 11-03-2015, 04:06 PM
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Or you could try watching what you're cooking, and not letting it boil over...
that doesn't always work...the trick is to clean it right away...its one of the last jobs I want to do, I want OUT of the kitchen ASAP

Try soaking in hydrogen peroxide...works great. Course timing is everything. Like dont soak over night but soak at least a good amount of time

I also add Dawn to it too...the liquid dish washing stuff, not the husbands old gf-I tried it.....

We like our gas stoves. Unfortunately the grates do not seem to come as clean in soaking nor any other washing method.....

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Old 11-03-2015, 04:36 PM
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Back in college when I had an electric range with drip pans, we'd put them in the self-cleaning oven on the clean setting. That normally would get the gunk off of them. Or as mentioned above, they're only $15 for a set. Just replace them.
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Old 11-03-2015, 04:41 PM
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I bleedin' hate drip pans. Yeah, sometimes food spills. If I don't clean the drip pan immediately, it will get burnt on. And eventually they rust out. It wouldn't be so bad if I could just go down the hardware store for replacements, but I have a Kenmore range that uses pans that are slightly different from standard so I have to get them from Sears. Which wouldn't be so bad, except the local Sears store closed a few years ago. Which wouldn't be so bad, except the next nearest one, 47 miles away, closed. So I have to order them from Sears Parts Service. Which wouldn't be so bad, except with shipping a set of four drip pans costs like $38.
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Old 11-09-2015, 03:03 PM
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I would suggest Firefox, but it's pretty difficult to hold a pan over the fox once you set it ablaze. Turns out strapping the pan on before lighting the fox doesn't work too well either. You have to wait fro the firemen to leave before you can pick through the burned out hulk of your neighbor's house in order to find your supper. And it's invariably overdone.
Sigh. I call myself a geek - and it took me several readthroughs to figure out whatinhell you all were talking about . So long, geek cred!

And in the meantime, that damn ceramic coil, same-tech-my-mother-used cooktop is going to outlive my kids .
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Old 11-09-2015, 04:25 PM
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I stand with my hydrogen peroxide/Dawn dish detergent combo...
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Old 11-09-2015, 05:11 PM
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I line the pans with foil. Wad the foil and flatten several times first, the wrinkles make it easy to conform it to the drip pan shape.
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Old 11-11-2015, 11:16 AM
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http://joyfulabode.com/how-to-cl...sty-drip-pans/

TLDR version: Spray drip pans with WD-40, leave to soak a bit.
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Old 11-11-2015, 01:55 PM
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I clean my black porcelain drip pans regularly. They don't look great but cleaning is cheaper than replacing.

I do, however, have a complete replacement set and have been known to swap them out when having an open house.
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