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Burnt plastic in a stainless steel pot [moved from Not about Food board]

So, after many attempts i still have not solved the problem and will probably chuck the ( formerly beautiful ) pot. Nothing works. Tried steel wool, pure acetone, lots of oven cleaner, picking away carefully with an old chisel, even the careful heating to burn off with the blow torch!. I'm at a loss but thanks again, Folks.

Aug 15, 2012
Ompahbill in Cookware

Burnt plastic in a stainless steel pot [moved from Not about Food board]

Thanks Candy. I posted earlier today, but further back in response to a May 22 suggestion to say I've tried that idea. Still no success but I'll keep trying.

Jun 21, 2012
Ompahbill in Cookware

Burnt plastic in a stainless steel pot [moved from Not about Food board]

I'm back! Life got in the way for a while.

I have tried a grinding wheel on an electric drill. I have also tried the oven cleaner, saturating the stuff in the pot, closing it up with lid and wrapping the whole securely in a plastic bag for more than 24 hours. I regret to report that I've had little success. The pot was not damaged by the wheel but the burnt plastic is still securely stuck there. I'll try some of the other advice offered. I really do appreciate all your contributions. I'll attach a photo next time.

Jun 21, 2012
Ompahbill in Cookware

Burnt plastic in a stainless steel pot [moved from Not about Food board]

Many thanks again for all your thoughts. I'm busy right now but will report whatever success I achieve.

May 23, 2012
Ompahbill in Cookware

Burnt plastic in a stainless steel pot [moved from Not about Food board]

I appreciate all your help, I really do, but I don't yet think you're hitting the problem. It was a plastic bottle's remains that got burnt onto the interior of the pot, not a film of plastic, and the residue is well stuck to that interior surface despite my best efforts. I have given thought to heavy duty acid, or alkaline solutions but they are hard to come by, and truthfully, I'd prefer something less caustic. I know. Caustic. Alkaline. Whatever. Something to soften the little chunks that are still well stuck to the pot. Again, thanks, and please keep posting.

May 22, 2012
Ompahbill in Cookware

Burnt plastic in a stainless steel pot [moved from Not about Food board]

Fool that I am, one evening recently, I found some honey that had hardened into crystals in a plastic jar and I put it on the stove in a (beautiful) stainless pot on a trivet almost full of water. I turned the heat on low and promptly forgot about it..

What a mess I found the next morning! I have managed to extract all the burnt honey, and some of the burnt plastic, but by no means all. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

May 22, 2012
Ompahbill in Cookware