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porchtalk 02-27-2009 08:20 AM

Oven anatomy
I have an Amana oven, approximately 12 years old. While baking lasagna the other day, I discovered that a piece of the oven fell into it. It is round in shape, and is honey-combed in design (like a honey-combed disk). Two questions: (1) what is it (2) can I continue to use the oven without it.


glennjanie 02-27-2009 10:24 AM

Hello Dave:
That sounds like a piece of a gas burner. If that is the case, I would install a new burner first and it should be OK.

applianceman 03-27-2009 09:04 PM

Its probably the vent cover (about 2 inches round like a poker chip) if so yes you can use the oven without it.

Nestor_Kelebay 03-29-2009 01:18 PM


I've always wondered about the purpose of the vent on an oven. I understand it's meant to promote more uniform temperature distribution in the oven, but I can't help but think that it also allows heat to escape from the oven. Wouldn't it make more sense and be more energy efficient to just have a fan or something circulating the air inside the oven?

applianceman 03-29-2009 03:39 PM

Iíve never given it much though but I think itís more to release presser (honestly not sure). Also convection ovens do have fans to circulate the air.

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