Gunk all over heating element in new toaster


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Old 09-09-15, 10:39 AM
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Gunk all over heating element in new toaster

Hi, I just got a new toaster oven. It has a bunch of stuff smeared on the heating elements. I wanted to know if this was normal... (the rest of the toaster is clean) I have little kids at home, and will exchange it if it is not. I was guessing it could be some sort of preservative, but was unsure and did not want to take the chance. It is a light clay color on the heating element, but when I rub it off the towel is just plain brown.

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Old 09-09-15, 10:20 PM
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It is more than likely an oil based product put on the heating element to keep it from rusting in transit.

You can wipe off any excess. The rest will burn off. I'd run the unit outside or under an exhaust hood for a few minutes until the oil is burned off.
 
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Old 09-10-15, 06:40 AM
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Agreed. It's very common for heating elements to have a anti-corrosion film on them when new. At first use it smells but will cause no harm. As PJ says run it outside for the first two times.
 
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Old 09-10-15, 06:54 AM
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I have a a table top roaster oven and it actually came with instructions to to do as suggested here.
 
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Old 09-10-15, 08:11 AM
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Awesome! Thank you guys so much!!!
 
 

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