My oven was not sparkling clean, I'll admit it.
Something I was baking (Lunar Cakes, but with pears and cranberries instead of rhubarb)
overflowed, and it wasn't much, so I just threw some tinfoil under them at the bottom of the oven and figured the little bit of dripping would burn off.
Then I saw it smoking, in black rolling clouds coming up through the vent, so I turned the oven off. And then the sugar and the grease and the I don't know what caught on fire! So I threw what I now
know is the wrong thing on it (flour) and it worked, and the fire went out. (Thank goodness, and I only did that because I couldn't rip the top of the baking soda box off fast enough and I couldn't maneuver a wet towel under the racks, and I didn't even think of the extinguisher - so I just grabbed the open bag of flour, poured/threw a whole lot in and shut the oven door.)
The cakes are ruined, of course. But is my oven?
It's an old Frigidaire, gas oven with no bells and whistles - just four burners, a broiler and an oven. No clock even, and no self-cleaning features. I bought it "new", as an old store stock item from an appliance resale store. I have the manual, but this isn't covered in the manual.
I just spent an hour looking up what I could, but I'm not clear on a few things. Firemen? Appliance guys? People who've done this? Please tell me:
Do I really have to have an appliance repair person come to look at my oven before I use it again? What about the burners? I'm going to want my stovetop coffee tomorrow morning, but can do without if it's going to be a problem. What can I check tonight or tomorrow myself? What will the neighbourhood guy we'll use be looking for so I can be aware and feel secure?
I will sweep, and possibly use the shop vac, to get the flour out - all three or four pounds of it - but how can I clean the really burned bits on the oven bottom off beyond using some Easy Off? There's some burnt sugar on there that no homemade baking soda paste that I know of is going to take off. The interior is that speckled gray enamel-type stuff.
Now that the whole house has cleared itself of smoke, it doesn't smell so fresh around here. The windows have been opened, the fans were on - but it's bedtime soon and it's cold here and I'd like to do something tomorrow to get rid of the nasty "I burned something" smell that's lingering. Everything will get a wipe-down over the next few days, but is there an essential oil or household cleaner scent that specifically counter-acts the burnt odor? I have both Almond and Peppermint Dr. Bronner's, and a good supply of Eucalyptus and Tea Tree essential oils, but I don't want the house necessarily to smell of burnt mints.
Thanks, in anticipation of your help and for hopefully not reminding me that I have been a slovenly housekeeper who stupidly forgot the proper emergency response while I was panicking and and throwing flour on my lovely cakes with the scary flames under them.