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Old 07-25-2020, 08:39 PM   #1
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Range cleaning

First off, despite a list of issues with our 2020 Globetrotter we do love it. Some things make us scratch our head.

The Dometic CU-434 range is probably the classiest looking rv range weíve seen, but form over function.

This morning making pancakes the batter splattered a bit and some went in the oven vent. Unless Iím missing something, the only way to clean in there is to remove the appliance and disassemble. The screws donít help with access. Q-tips as another user shared are too fat to fit through.

Grrrrr. Anyone know a super secret way to lift the top I havenít figured out? Nothing in any online documentation Iíve found or in the very limited information in the manual. Click image for larger version

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Old 07-25-2020, 09:44 PM   #2
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That's one for the "What were they thinking" competition.

Maybe try pipe cleaners? Not the craft store kind, the tobacco store kind. I use them at home for getting in tiny spaces. Also look at the dental aisle to see if there is an option there.
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We’ve encountered the same issue—not pancake batter, but just normal use. There is no manual for it and I’ve found nothing online to help. We’ve decided it will be another-day issue to tackle. While I love the looks of the unit, I’m not impressed—especially for the price of it. First rule in the kitchen is safety, then function, then cleaning. The burners are dangerous IMHO. 1) Pots and pans do not have a good footprint. Very dangerous when dealing with items hot enough to cause a third degree burn which I’ve suffered and is no fun. It also makes a hazard for anyone else sitting at the table. 2) Because of the small footprint and danger, cooking using more than one burner can be tricky without knocking or spilling something. This makes cooking a normal meal more challenging, but not impossible. 3) I love a clean kitchen! Nothing shouts don’t eat here or makes a unit/home look old faster than a dirty stove/oven. The vent in the middle, along with the gaps along the sides and the front, are a crumb/grease collector and need to be cleaned after each use. This is impossible with the current design.

While the over all design is pleasing to the eye, the designers clearly know little-to-nothing about cooking! Airstream engineers/designers also hold some responsibility for allowing such a poor design to be installed into their units. They have been in business long enough to know that the bathroom and the kitchen are the most important parts of the units followed closely by the bedroom. Dometic has been in business in the RV/Marine business long enough to know how to design the optimal appliance for ease of use and cleaning. Both failed on this one.

Once we figure out how to clean the unit with/without disassembling it, I’ll post an update. I wish I could have been of more help.

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Old 09-16-2021, 12:05 PM   #4
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Dometic Stove Top

Hi Susan,
I was reading your post from earlier this year and I was wondering if you had figured out how to remove your Dometic stove top to clean it? I attempted it by removing screws and I fear I have dislodged something in the middle grate/vent area in doing so and now I can't access it to screw it back in place!

If you have figured it out.....HELP!!!!!!

Thank you! Laura
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We cover ours with a strip of aluminum foil.

Just remove it if using the oven...

We also use the Furrion grates as the wire thingies just don't cut it.
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Hi Laura,
There isnít any easy way to clean or disassemble the oven. We did change the wire pot stands to the grate which made a HUGE difference. I feel much more confident cooking now without the possibility of knocking a pot over. The center vent is the last thing we have to deal with. So far, Iíve just been very careful. One thing we are going to try is a thin piece of sheet metal with a wire handle that can insert between the stove top and the oven the length and width of the vent so it doesnít interfere with the cooling of the oven-similar to a dip tray. This is the only solution that we have come up with without replacing the unit. I wish I could have helped more. All-in-all, we love our 2020 FBQ Classic!

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