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How to clean your Halogen cooker
Wed 29-Dec-10
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bobbyW
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How many of you have purchased a nice shiney clean Halogen Cooker only to find the self cleaning mode is not as good as the adverts say?

 

I have two, one is a Mini Halogen Cooker as advertised in the papers and comes from a company called Easy Life. These are great little cookers, heating up much faster than their full size cousins, the other (and also my main cooking device) is the larger JML version, complete with extender ring and trays. 

The annoying thing with both cookers is the lid, baked on grease covers the plate behind the fan/element guard where it's impossible to reach.

Today I bit the bullet and spent a couple of hours restoring them back to as near new as possible. If you have the same problem, here's how I did it.
 

 

With the lid upside down and unplugged, take a cross head screwdriver and remove the three screws from the element plate, place in a bowl, spray with oven cleaner and leave for 20 mins.

Next is the fan,  holding the fan blades steady with your hand, remove the centre nut with a pair of pliers (IT'S A LEFT HAND THREAD) so righty loosey! then remove the fan from the spindle and place in the cleaning bowl.

Three more cross head screws secures the motor assembly plate to the housing, remove these and the glass lid will become loose making cleaning easier.

One more screw holds the rectangular timer switch,  the assembly can now be moved to allow access to clean underneath where you will see the motor cooling fan.

NOTE! On the JML, the plate cannot be seperated from the glass lid as it will not pass through the hole and the wires cannot be disconnected, other models may vary.
 

Carefully clean the metal plate housing the element and dry thoroughly. Rinse clean and dry  the outer fan and element cover.

ASSEMBLY

You should have 1 nut, 4 long screws and 3 short screws along with washers.

Attach the timer switch to the plate and slot into position (D shape hole/stem) 1 long screw

Align the holes to secure the element plate to the housing ensuring it is seated in the glass lid correctly and secure with 3 long screws.

Replace fan and secure with the Right Hand Threaded Nut (Lefty Tighten)

Align and secure Heating Element plate using 3 short screws.

Place lid in operating position, plug in with temperature switch in OFF position, turn timer switch. The motor and fan should run but no light.

Turn temperature switch to wash, the halogen light should come on and after a brief time go off and on as usual, increase temp to test thermostat. Hopefully all works as it should.

So far so good! almost finished.

 now, prise off the timer and temperature knobs and clean their recesses, then replace.

That's It!

*Tip! When dealing with Easy Life, unless you want junk mail, make sure you tell the operative to confirm that you are registered as NO ADVERTISING MATERIALS* 

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Wed 29-Dec-10
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were you bored or something bob?

Wed 29-Dec-10
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No, just don't like filthy appliances.

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Sat 8-Jan-11
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Terrier said:

were you bored or something bob?


 

big_laugh big_laugh

I am going to try this approach on our Andrew James halogen oven, Bob. The first lid "died" just before the one-year guarantee expired and so we got a free replacement. But i was stunned to observe the amount of grease that had built up inside the inaccessible assembly.

I will practice on the dead lid first.

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Thu 17-Mar-11
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Bob, are you still enjoying your halogen, I was very interested to read your cleaning blog (after I had struggled to clean mine!) however my cooker doesnt want to work now, my partner says its the thermostat, the light comes on  then goes off again, it cant sustain the heat for more than a second, any ideas?

Im not sure about the guarantee Im going to see if I can find it, although we live in Bulgaria the place we bought it is reasonably co-operative.

I do like it for certain dishes ie, grilling and cakes jacket potatoes took too long.

Wish me luck looking for the guarantee!

Thu 17-Mar-11
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Hi Maria
 
My halogen is still in daily use, although it also developed a minor thermostat problem, the opposite of your own, it continued heating at the higher settings but continued working at low. JML replaced the complete cooker and all is working well.

Your problem could be loose heating element contacts, the resistance would cause them to disconnect and reconnect very quickly.  A warranty job in my book.

As for your baked potato, remember the halogen is not cooking any faster than a conventional, just heating up quicker with the benefit of using less power.
My method is, microwave 2 large spuds for about 15 minutes then when cool enough to handle,  rub with cooking oil and rock salt. Finish off in the halogen to give a crispy skin to die for.

I do use an extension ring, I believe that the extra distance from the food allows for better heat circulation. The roast pork with crackling  it produced the other day was just superb.

Best of luck with the warranty.

 

Bob

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Thu 17-Mar-11
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Thanks Bob, glad your enjoying your cooker still, i didnt get around to looking for the warranty! naughty me, i went to the studio and cuddled on the sette with the cat and slept! (I had been throwing around bails of straw and lucerne yesterday!  TTFNtoffeeapple

Thu 24-Mar-11
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Bob toffeeapple we are about to buy 2 halogen ovens and extesion rings for £35, its a special buy 1 get 1, cheaper than sending off for a new thermostat methinks, I do like them maybe I should be a bit careful how I use it.

Thu 24-Mar-11
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Can't lose with an offer like that Maria...enjoy.

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Fri 25-Mar-11
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Bob, my mistake, clever these special offers! ( buy 2 get each one for 70leva!) any way himself is going to try and find out what is wrong with the thermostat!

Not to worry tooodledoo!!toffeeapple

 

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