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My renter moved out an left a grimy mess. The filth on the stove top actually backed-up into the nooks and carnies of surface burner head, and seems almost impassible to clean.

Since the surface burner heads (figure 1) do not have an enamel coating, I was wondering, is it safe to stick them in the oven during the self clean cycle?

If so, would I be able to put the enameled surface burner caps (figure 2) and grates in as well?

Figure 1: Burner head designs make them hard to clean: Hard to clean burner head

Figure 2: Burner caps have a flat enameled surface and are generally easier to clean: enter image description here

Images sourced from amazon

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Ugh! Some people. Too bad you can't put the whole range in for self clean! –  bcworkz Feb 13 at 19:05

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The self-clean temperature won't get high enough to melt the metal -- and the burner pieces are subject to pretty high heat anyway. I have cleaned aluminum and enameled parts in a self-clean cycle and the only time I have had problems is with large surface-area part (think a frying pan or something) -- in this case you might warp the metal by subjecting it to such high heat. I think the pieces you have will be just fin.

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Tried it last night, both the burner head and the burner cap came out clean and undamaged!!!! I'm trying it with the burner grates now! :-) –  virtualxtc Feb 16 at 0:17

That's not paint, it's an enamel. I think that any of the flame-contact steel parts should be just fine (sometimes there are aluminum parts, which I'd feel less comfortable with). Magnets stick to steel not to aluminum, that's how you can tell.

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The "burner head" is an aluminium alloy; the "burner cap" is steel with an enamel. The cap is a smooth surface and thus easier to clean than the head; hence my main concern is about the burner head. –  virtualxtc Feb 14 at 5:43

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