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I recently cleaned my broiler pan with great success in my self-cleaning oven. Great. Now I'm looking at my aluminum half-sheet pans. They're sticky, they're discolored, I only have so much elbow grease to spare. I'm soaking the pans now to apply precious elbow grease in the morning, but I just don't want to. What if I ran the self-cleaning cycle again, this time with the cheap aluminum sheet pans? (They are of the "hotel" variety, not the disposable kind) I know they'd get clean, sort of, but would it ruin the pans?

This is pretty close to what I have (or what I used to have before I loaned them out): pans

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I once cleaned a really badly baked-on alu pan with a scouring attachment on a dremel. Worked really good. –  rumtscho Jan 11 at 18:02

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I'd be mighty cautious about putting aluminum pans in your oven's self-cleaning cycle. It's melting point is 660 degrees C, and although your oven isn't going to reach that it will probably get to the point where they will warp.

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Hmmm, I kind of thought that was going to be it. That isn't the answer I was hoping for. Oh well, I'll upvote tomorrow after I decide it's not worth it to try, or after I ruin one pan in the name of science. I haven't decided yet which way I'll go. –  Jolenealaska Jan 11 at 10:03
    
If you do decide to try it keep an eye on the oven for any signs of the pan warping. If it starts to warp turn the oven off right away, it's within the realm of possibility that the sheets could melt and ruin your oven, it all depends on how hot your self-cleaning oven gets and the alloys used in the sheets. –  GdD Jan 11 at 19:01

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