When you place gas stoves side by side with electric stoves, the benefits gas stoves offer is numerous when it comes to preparing your foods or dishes. What makes gas stoves people’s kitchen choice, is its gas burner. The gas burner is known for its accurate control. The accuracy of the gas burner can’t be overestimated and some people cook with stoves with gas burners only, as other choices don’t count.
Without proper care, the effectiveness or efficiency of gas stoves reduce. This starts with the blockage of the gas ports which prevents a proper gas flow. One of the major signs of a blocked gas cooktop burner is the production or release of a feeble flame.
At the extreme, when the burner is really blocked, there may be a total absence of flame. To have your gas burner running effectively at all time, all you need is to always keep it clean. The cleaning process is not difficult.
Cleaning the Burners on Gas Stove Step By Step Guide
Go Through The User’s Guide
You can only take proper care of your gas stove burner when you have a profound understanding of how best to handle it. When you have an idea of how best to take care of this kitchen appliance, only then can you guarantee that your investment is fully protected.
When you carefully go through the user’s guide that comes with your burner, it will particularly show you the areas to detach for cleaning, and how to detach those areas. Knowing what to do and how to do it will save you some time and also make your cleaning job easier.
In addition, some guides come with clear instruction of what cleaning products to use or stay away from while cleaning your burner.
Going through the user’s guide gives you the needed idea about how best to keep your burner away from dirt and unblock it. If you can’t get your user’s guide, you can visit the manufacturer’s website to look at the possibilities of getting an E-copy.
Get the burner cap detached
For individuals that have burners with older hobs of cooktops, the ones with standing pilot lights, the first thing you have to do, is to get the gas valve disconnected. Several gas burners come with an easy to detach ceramic disc which is placed on the top of the burner, which makes it easy to spread the flames.
If you have a burner with a ceramic disc, basically, all you have to do is to detach the disc from the burner. While initiating this process, make sure your gas stove burner is not hot. Start when you are sure the burner is totally cool. This can be a few minutes after cooking.
Detach the head of the burner
The burner head can be located under the cap. The venturi tube accommodates the burner head. The burner head is placed on the top of the venturi tube. To detach the burner head, all you have to do is to simply lift it. While lifting the burner head, ensure you do that with caution. If your stove has an ignition electrode, ensure you carefully watch out for it to avoid bending or damaging it.
Immerse the burner head and cap in water
Get a bowl of water and mix it with soap, then proceed by immersing the burner head and cap in the prepared mixture for about 20 to 30 minutes. This ensures hardened debris that are on these two parts are easily removed with no stress.
Wipe/Scrub the head and cap of your burner
To wipe/scrub/clean your burner head and cap, you can either make use of an abandoned/old toothbrush and a non-abrasive wipe pad. Using these two cleaning materials, you can easily get rid of food stains from the surfaces and surroundings of the head and cap of your burner.
If there are still traces of debris in the port openings, you can make use of a straightened paper clip to take the debris off the openings. While doing this, ensure you take it easy so as to keep the metal away from possible damage. While trying to get rid of the debris, ensure you don’t dig deeply into the openings/holes.
Also, avoid wooden materials like a toothpick as this might even worsen the situation if it breaks.
In the presence of a very difficult stain which appears totally impossible to be removed with warm water and soap, you can mix a bit of water with a bit of baking soda to form a paste.
After the paste has been formed, gently apply it on the affected areas on the head and the cap, and scrub using the same cleaning materials as provided above (non-abrasive wipe pad and an old toothbrush). For best action, you may have to scrub the affected areas repeatedly until you achieve the desired result.
Wash all parts with clean water
After you might have successfully cleaned all the affected areas, it is time to wash/rinse with clean water. Make sure all the parts are thoroughly washed. After you might have successfully rinsed the head and the cap, ensure you get rid of excess water by shaking them and also by drying them with a clean cloth.
Before you get these parts fixed back to the gas stove, ensure they are completely or totally air-dried. While waiting for these parts to dry properly, you can as well clean the other parts or areas of the stove.
Re-fix the burner
Now, it is time to re-fix or reassemble the detached parts back to their actual positions. While doing this, ensure all parts are properly placed back to their usual or original positions.
All set and ready to Use
Before the actual first use after cleaning, ensure you test the burner to ensure it is working at the optimum level. At the sight of an unusual flame color or shape, it shows that something is not right.
The problem could be as a result of the presence of water or moisture in the burner as a result of incomplete dryness, or it might be as a result of improper positioning of the burner cap over the burner head.
Cook! Cook!! Cook!!!
Now that you have everything properly fixed, you can enjoy every cooking session feeling like a pro.
Types of Gas Burners
When you use gas burners for cooking, either for the preparation of heavy meals or the light ones, the satisfaction it brings is second to none. A gas stove burner makes immediate and faster heat generation easy and possible, and it ensures a better control when compared to its counterpart, the electric burners. The following are the major gas burner types on the market.
The Sealed Burners
This type of burner does not produce/generate as much heat as the other two burners on this list. The sealed burner comes with a hob or cooktop and it also has a bowl that holds possible spills and debris. One amazing thing about this type of burner is that they are not difficult to clean.
In fact, when it comes to cleaning, this type of burner is considered the easiest to clean of the other types of burners on this list.
The Standing Pilot
A gas burner that has a standing burner allows the flame to burn under the hob, which is also known as a cook top. As simple as the design appears, its energy consumption is higher than the other 2 types of gas burners on this list.
This type of burner is regarded as the most popular burner in homes. With an electric spark, the burner ignites after a clicking sound. You can regulate the intensity of the flame by making use of the knob that is located on the stove.
When is the best time to clean my burner?
You don’t have to wait until the openings or holes in the burner are totally blocked before you clean your burner. Once you notice a change in the flame color from its regular color to a yellow color, then it is the right time to clean.
Also, once you notice an irregular flame pattern, you need to swing into action. The process of cleaning is not difficult, all you have to do is to follow the provided tips listed above.
What are the things I need to clean my burner?
The cleaning methods or recommendations vary from one manufacturer to another. That is why we advise you to check through the user’s manual or guide that comes with your burner to know how best to handle the cleaning.
Generally, the materials you can use, which are considered to work for several stove burners are soap, abandoned/old toothbrush, non-abrasive wipe pad, paper clip, baking soda, and a clean cloth.
The gas burner is made of a hollow metal disk. Outside its edge comes several holes. There are various designs of gas burners. Some gas burners come with either a ceramic or metal cap that is always placed on the head of the burner. The function of the cap is to spread and organize the flames that are being released from the head of the burner.
Strategically placed on a side of the burner is an electric spark pilot. The function of an electric spark pilot is to ensure a spark occurs. When a spark occurs, it ignites the gas mixture as it moves across the available openings/holes in the burner. The electric spark pilot is what is known as a standing pilot light in older stoves.
The noise or sound of the air-gas mixture is regulated by the control knob. To control the intensity of the flame produced, all you have to do is to adjust the control knob.
After all cooking activities, ensure you keep your gas stove clean.