What is a pyrolytic oven?
A pyrolytic oven is also known as a self-cleaning oven, and uses high temperatures and pressure to turn the build up of grime, grease, crumbs and fat to ash. Depending on the make and model, the oven will have a pyrolytic setting or cycle (sometimes multiple) that should lock the door and run anywhere between 90 minutes and three hours. There’s no need for harsh chemicals and or elbow grease, but sometimes there is slight odour caused by the process. “The biggest benefit of pyrolytic ovens is that it allows the oven to automatically clean itself at high temperatures,” says Alison McGorlick, Category Manager of Cooktops, Rangehoods, Accessories and Consumables at Miele. “You can devote yourself entirely to your guests, while the pyrolytic self-cleaning function on your oven does the cleaning for you.”
How do they work?
Through the process of pyrolysis (the decomposition of mass caused by intense heat and the absence of oxygen), pyrolytic ovens turn all residue to ash, even the hard-to-move grease build up on the glass panel. Once your oven’s cleaning cycle has completed and cooled down, it’s as easy as giving the inside a once-over with a damp cloth, saving you time and cleaning products.