Is Oven Smoke Dangerous?

Tuesday 17th October 2023

Ellen Warren

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An oven door open with smoke coming out


Oven smoke is an all too common scene in kitchens across the UK. This type of smoke could harm your health and damage your kitchen, opening the door for fire risks and ventilation issues.

When oven smoke lingers, you must act quickly to prevent permanent damage to your home and health. At ICE Cleaning, we offer smoke odour removal services, where our expert cleaners can effectively purify your home's air and remove all traces of smoke and soot damage.

Read on to learn more about the dangers of oven smoke.

What is oven smoke?

When your oven starts producing smoke, it is likely the result of leftover food particles stuck to the interior and heated up to high temperatures. It could also be down to an issue with the heating component or a difficulty with the insulation.

Oven smoke can cause significant damage if not addressed promptly. Smoke odours can ruin surfaces in your kitchen, leading to costly repairs or replacements.

Regular cleaning and maintenance is essential to avoid this. If you are unsure how, you can read an official guide or hire professional oven cleaners who can clean your oven properly and safely.

Is oven smoke dangerous?

Oven smoke presents a fire risk and may also cause long-term health issues. When food burns, it produces smoke which contains tiny particles and odours that can irritate your eyes, skin, and lungs.

In severe cases, prolonged exposure to oven smoke may lead to more serious conditions like chronic bronchitis or heart disease. Therefore, if you notice your oven smoking frequently, take action promptly to prevent damage.

You must not continue to live in a property impacted by smoke odours, whether caused by a fire or oven smoke. You should seek temporary housing and immediate cleaning assistance.

The risks of smoke odours

Smoke odours can cause various problems for your oven and kitchen. Beyond black marks or unpleasant smells, long-term exposure to smoke odours can deteriorate the internal parts of your oven, affecting its performance and lifespan.

Beyond the appliance, smoke could ruin surfaces in your kitchen. Painted walls may discolour, while wooden cabinets might warp from moisture trapped within the smoky residue.

Avoiding these risks is crucial not only for aesthetic reasons, but also because they lead to costly repairs or replacements. If you suspect any damage due to oven smoke, you should contact smoke odour removal professionals.

How to prevent oven smoke

There could be multiple reasons why your oven is producing smoke, and preventing this involves regular maintenance and mindful cooking. You should clean your oven thoroughly every few months, removing burnt food debris that can cause smoke. 

You must be careful when using oil or fat in cooking as these can spill over and ignite, causing smoke production. To prevent these issues, you could use roasting bags to contain any potential spills.

Finally, you must ensure proper ventilation of your kitchen space while cooking to disperse any small amounts of smoke before it builds up into a larger problem. Opening windows during cooking or installing an extractor fan can assist with this.

The role of ventilation in managing oven smoke

Good ventilation is key to managing oven smoke odours. It allows for the quick dispersal of smoke, reducing its impact on your kitchen and health. A well-ventilated kitchen can be achieved through different means.

Extractor fans are a good option as they pull air from the room and expel it outside, helping eliminate any lingering smoke odours. You could also invest in an integrated cooker hood that absorbs steam and odours while you cook. 

However, you must clean these regularly to keep their efficiency up and prevent a build-up of grease and soot. Another option is cross-ventilation by opening windows or doors opposite each other; this lets fresh air circulate freely, swiftly removing smoke.

What to do when your oven is smoking

If your oven starts smoking, shut off the heat source immediately and let it cool before opening. Avoid opening the door immediately, as this could allow smoke into your room.

Once cooled, clean any food debris or grease inside using professional cleaning products or hiring a private cleaner. In the future, regular maintenance will help prevent future incidents of smoke.

If cleaning does not fix the issue or if you notice excessive smoke even when empty, there might be a more serious problem. In such cases, seek help from an expert cleaning company.

Oven types and their smoke production

Gas ovens can sometimes give off more smoke due to incomplete combustion of the gas used. If you notice your gas oven smoking more than usual, it might be time to get it checked by a local approved engineer.

In contrast, electric ovens produce less smoke because they heat food indirectly via electric elements. But, if food particles are left uncleaned on these elements or at the bottom of the oven, this could lead to excessive smoke.

Fan-assisted ovens distribute heat evenly with a fan, but may produce some smoke when food residue is continuously heated. Regardless of the type of oven you have, regular cleaning helps keep them smoke-free.

Frequently asked questions

Why is smoke coming out of my oven?

Smoke from your oven could be due to food spillages, excess grease or faulty heating elements. Regular cleaning and maintenance can help reduce this.

Is it OK if the oven is smoking?

A smoking oven is not only dangerous for health but also poses risks like fire hazards and damage to kitchen appliances.

What to do if the oven is smoking?

If your oven starts smoking, switch it off immediately. Let it cool down before you open the door. Then clean any residue causing the smoke.

Get in touch

If smoke odours have impacted your home and kitchen due to a broken oven, you can rely on the professionals at ICE Cleaning. Our experts offer thorough oven smoke odour removal services, effectively restoring your property and making it safe to inhabit again.

To find out more about our various smoke damage service lines, contact our team at 0208 066 0360 or We can provide you with a free, non-obligation quote today and book a site survey. Our team are available 24/7, 365 days a year, nationwide.

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