Cleaning the oven is no one's favourite chore, so when you finish the job only to realise that your grill oven is still smoking, it can be incredibly frustrating!

If you're eager to make some cheese on toast without the whole kitchen filling with smoke, you'll need to find the cause of the problem. Here's how.

How do I stop my grill from smoking?

The first thing you should do is check there's no residual fat left on the grill element or oven base. When certain foods are cooked, they splatter the inside of the oven with fat and grease. This means that when the grill is next turned on, any fat splattered on it will burn, making a lot of smoke and giving off a pungent smell.

This can be a problem if you don’t use the grill frequently as the fat can build up on the grill element and make it extra smoky on the rare occasions you do decide to grill something.

If you think this is the issue, turn the grill on with the door closed and leave it shut for five to 10 minutes (if in doubt, check your cooker's user manual first). By this time any dried-on grease should be burned off. Don’t be alarmed if the smoke builds up initially but do turn on the extractor and open windows — and get ready to flap a tea towel at the smoke alarm!

But what if the oven is sparkling clean and this is still happening?

If your oven is clean and the kitchen is still filling with smoke, the problem could be with your cleaning products. If there's residue left behind after you've cleaned the surfaces inside the oven, this can burn, causing the grill to smoke.

Our advice is to give your oven a really thorough clean and rinse to make sure there isn't any product residue left behind. Oven shelves can go in the dishwasher if they fit. If not, they can be cleaned in the bath in a solution of biological detergent and water. Scrub off any remaining deposits with a mild abrasive cleaner. Rinse thoroughly before returning to the oven.

Why is my new oven smoking?

You may be confused if you've invested in a new oven only for it to smoke when you first use it! Don't be dismayed — factory coatings on grill elements can cause them to smoke when first used. The oven instruction manual should include details on how best to burn off any coatings before using. If in doubt, preheat the grill on high for 20 minutes to burn off any coatings before you cook under it.

GHI Tip: If a smoking oven is a long-term problem, it might be time to call in the professionals who will be able to clean into all the grates and crevices that you can't ordinarily reach. Prices vary but local oven cleaning services are becoming increasingly common — check Checkatrade for well-rated companies.

2023-06-01T16:13:19Z dg43tfdfdgfd