Just wondering what everyone uses to clean the fingers & belt of their conveyor ovens. We have a WOW oven that I have taken apart and cleaned once with an oven/grill degreaser from Sam’s and a lot of elbow grease. It’s about time to clean again and surely there is a better method than my first time around…
We soak them overnight in the big white ice chest that you get from Sam’s. Put both belt and fingers in the chest. Add 2 to 4 gallons of Glitter oven cleaner from Rest Depot. Fill the rest with HOT water to cover all the parts. Let soak 1 to 2 days. Everything will basically rinse off.
We recently started using a grinder tool (ryobi brand) and attached a wire wheel. We’ve done it at both locations and depending on the build up, you could have the fingers done in 5-10 minutes. You’ll have some debris fly at you so I’d recommend doing this outside and wearing an apron/poncho to so you don’t stain your clothes.
We use 1 chest per oven. You can usually clean both ovens with the same solution though. We do Monday morning take apart and soak. Clean and rebuild Tuesday morning. Take apart and soak next oven Tuesday afternoon. Clean and rebuild Wed.
Chain is taken off and soaked with the fingers. Edge chains are TIGHT. Its not easy getting them on and off. But if I can do it anyone can.
I cleaned one of my Edge 60’s yesterday using the ice chest as recommended by Pizza Pirates. I put the belt, 6 finger covers(2 of the top ones scraped off without soaking) and the window in the cooler. I could only soak for 3ish hours before I started cleaning them to get the oven put back together. 3 of the 6 finger covers sprayed clean, one took minimal scrubbing and two were only slightly better than they would have been without soaking. The belt was pretty clean, only needing about 15 minutes of spot scraping after putting the oven together to look brand spanking new. All in all, much easier than not soaking but next time I’ll try to allow the parts to soak for a full day.
I thought it would so I brought in an old beat up one with broke hinges. Turns out that it cleaned up probably better than it started. I’m still designating it as only the oven cleaning cooler as I have a few others.
You can stick one end of the conveyor frame in and soak it, then flip it and soak the other end.
I did have a chest crack and leak on me once. We soaked an oven over Thanksgiving one time. When we came in Friday morning it had drained out all over the floor. Solid black and stained all the grout. I do a crack check on them now.
I pay a guy to clean ours. He disassembles the belts and rolls them up and secures them then puts them and the fingers in a caustic soda/hot water solution and lets them soak while he cleans the inside and out of the ovens. He has a large trailer with stainless steel sections where he soaks everything.
He then hits them with high pressure water.
Takes him about 3 hours all up to do our two MM PS360s - fingers, belts, cleaning inside and polishing outside.
We get it done about every 9 months