I used to have one of those. I was so happy when the oven part died and I could get a new range! But rest assured, I can appreciate your accomplishment. :)
I have already told Ferrett that what I really want for Christmas is a new, professional-grade range. Amazing how our ideas of exciting toys change over the years.
Oh, I know EXACTLY what you mean, and I applaud your (unseen) accomplishment!! My previous stovetop was exactly that way. Disassembling it to thoroughly clean only happened once in a blue moon. Now I have a NEW stove, and the top is more like a grill, and is in three sections. When hubby does fried onions and peppers or a hamburger, I can see what spilled or splattered, lift up one section (when cooled!), wipe around the one burner, and I'm done!
That's what I want for Christmas!!
I have faced that evil, and not turned away. But now I carefully choose the time to do it. And my next stoves will have a sealed top. Especially the one the renters use.
Evil is exactly the term. And now business calls have still kept me from the bath.
That's happened with me and my fridge many a time. Gross.
When we got rid of the old fridge, cleaning under it was scary.
Honestly, you were better off not knowing
Ignorance is indeed bliss. I dive into that pit of nasty stuff every.. argh, it's been a while. Maybe when it is warm enough that I can open the windows, because otherwise the chemical smell lingers forever.
I'm not cleaning the oven until the weather is nicer, even though it needs it fiercely.
Last time I did that, from what I found I think I'm the first person to do it since purchase.
Thats' a good 20+ years of crap built up. Some of it concealing holes rusted through. Some of it might have concealed more holes, but it was built up so hard in spots that it was about as strong as the original steel.
When that's all that's holding a stove together, better to quit while you're ahead!
Oog. Messes like that are a large part of the reason that my husband and I chose a flat-top range when we bought our stove. (Well, that, and we don't have a gas hookup in the kitchen. ^_^)
I want to upgrade. It's actually the last original large appliance in our kitchen!
The really fun part is cleaning the kitchen in a rental apartment that was apparently previously occupied by people that had no idea that places like "under the fridge" and "inner bits of the oven" even existed, let alone needed cleaning once in a while.
I need to pull the fridge out and give it a cleaning - it's been three years. Man, the time passes when you aren't paying attention!
i need to clean the oven. i dread it because i cannot kneel. oh, i CAN, but the nerves in the left knee scream at me and then i cannot think at all. so i dont.
the top of the stove...he normally cooks and i think its against his religion to wipe up a spill. i like cooking with gas, but i'm partial to a solid cooktop that NOTHING gets into, ever. and self cleaning ovens (which you are correct, i've never seen a gas self cleaner). oh and BOO HISS on stoves that you CANNOT lift the top on! mine wont lift at all, grrr!!
My solid cooktop has advantages as well as disadvantages. For example, wok cooking is not recommended, and I know why. We managed to burn some stuff so thoroughly that it melted into the glass. Also, it takes forever to boil water. And there's that flat-bottomed pots and pans thing.
But I still love it for all the reasons zoethe
is describing about mucking out the range. Also, it's really pretty.
I actually moved too often to ever feel the urge to do that. ;) I know that my current stovetop does open, because the previous owner mentioned doing it, but I can't actually figure out how. Any suggestions?
Usually they lift, sometimes completely off and sometimes hinged, but try pushing up on the front edge and see what happens. If it will lift only a little way up try pulling forward. Go slowly, but don't be too timid.
I feel your pain. But what's worse is to perform this task on a range in a house you just bought when the previous owners were hoarders. Yes, I gagged.
Oh, ghastly! We bought from a very neat person, fortunately. It was bad enough having it be MY mess; I can't imagine dealing with someone else's.
I need to do that chore, including the chrome rings. Usually I spread a bunch of really damp paper towels over the mess and let it sit for 10-15 minutes and then tackle it.
The problem with gas stoves is that there are lots of tubes and workings hiding beneath that ring.