Buying a New Oven

by Amy

Hi - I was wondering what other bird parents do when buying a new oven. We have been searching for a manual clean oven, since the self-cleaning feature on most ovens emits toxic fumes which will kill birds living in your home.

Aside from a few very pricey $3,500. ovens, we have only been able to find very bare, cheap models without the self clean feature. There seems to be no middle ground. I can't afford the expensive ones, but I do cook a lot and I wanted a better quality stove. What have other bird owners done in this situation. I would really value any suggestions!

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Feb 22, 2011
Buying an Oven
by: Amy

Thank you, Tracie - you gave some good tips on living with a self cleaning oven. I keep going back to the same question in my mind....if there was a button that could be pushed in my home that would kill my kids, I'd never even consider having that button/appliance in my home. That's the same way I feel about my birds. I just can't risk it.
In searching for a manual clean oven, we did find an Italian stove that fits the bill. It's a Bertazzoni. It's a quality stove. They are a little pricey, but much less expensive than Viking or Thermador. Hope that helps some other bird parents who are asking the same question about self-cleaning vs. manual clean ovens.

Feb 21, 2011
self cleaning oven
by: Tracie

We have a self cleaning oven, but we don't use that feature. My self cleaning button is small and round, so I put a little sticker over it. Nobody knows what is under it. LOL

Teflon is only dangerous when over heated, so normal cooking is fine. In fact, I am not sure you can find an oven that doesn't have some kind of non-stick coating now.

You can put a sticker covering the temperature setting past 425, as a reminder to others that they should not overheat the oven.

I hope this helps. Thanks for checking on this before purchasing. :-)

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