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 Post subject: Cleaning oven thermometer?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2011 2:43 pm 
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I have a taylor oven thermometer which works well. However, over the last year or so of use, it has become coated with burned-on brown spots (not sure why) which now make the thermometer very difficult to read.

Last time this happened, we ended up buying a new thermometer. I'd like to find something which will clean this one, though, without removing the temperature markings. Ideas?

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2011 4:13 pm 
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2011 4:32 pm 
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I have one of these too, and I solved the problem by marking the 100's with a black line of a magic marker. I can now intrepret 325, 450, etc by reading between the lines. I also shine a high intensity light into the oven to read it without opening the door.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2011 5:36 pm 
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The problem is the brown crud on the thermometer glass itself. That makes it hard to see the mercury.

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I've taken a stainless steel scrubber to mine (just the glass). I think the SS is way too soft to damage the glass. Anyway, it seems to work just fine.


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I've used Dawn Power Dissolve with success...I just spray it on, then 30 minutes later use a razor blade to scrape the gunk off.

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I always use Simple Green. I place the thermo in a plastic bag (in SF you may have to send away for one of these :lol: ), spray it, wrap it, and rinse it 10 minutes later or whatever. :!: It didn't damage the letters on mine. I did screw up the letters and numbers using oven cleaner but Taylor replaced it for free!!!


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I just spray oven cleaner on them (one of those dollar store things, with lye - the old fashioned type). I just did this last weekend, along with all my range top (after taking it outside, of course!). I just set all the thermometers (three of them, this time, including the worst - the one from the grill) on top of the range top sections, and spray an entire can of oven cleaner on everything, then I scrub them on the worst areas (pilot light spots, plus those thermometers glass areas - I use an old tooth brush for those), then hose it all down. Amazingly, the grass under this area never seems bothered by this, and I do this twice a year.

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I'll try the Simple Green first, since i have some around.

Besides, I thought oven cleaner was for cast iron pans. :P

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