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How to Clean an Outdoor Oven

Aluminum Dutch Oven

Step 1

Soak a sponge or rag in dishwashing soap.

Step 2

Glide the sponge throughout the inside the stove, cleaning it the way you would clean a regular pot or pan. Scrub the areas with stuck-on food.

Step 3

Wipe away excess with a paper towel or rag. Use a paper towel or rag to dry. Alternately, you can place parts of it, such as the grill, in the dishwasher.

Cast Iron Dutch Oven

Step 1

Use a rag to spread warm, clean water onto the inside of the stove.

Step 2

Turn the stove on and heat a pot of water until it starts to bubble up, indicating a boiling temperature.

Step 3

Use a metal scrubber or sponge to remove built-up food. Wear heat-protective gloves to avoid being burned during the process.

Step 4

Turn off the fire and rinse the oven with clean, warm water.

Step 5

Let the oven air dry.

Step 6

Turn the fire on underneath the oven again until it is hot to the touch. Put on your heat-protective gloves and rub a thin coat of vegetable oil on the inside and underneath the lid to help prevent rusting.

Step 7

Turn off the fire and let it cool. Rub the outside with another thin coating of vegetable oil.

Outdoor Wood-Fired Ovens

Step 1

Turn your oven to about 900 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Put on your heat-resistant gloves. Take a stiff spatula and scrape away all of the debris from food that has been left from previous projects.

Step 3

Turn the fire off. Using a small dry brush, sponge or toothbrush, scrape away any remains and dispose of them.

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