I’ve been an apartment dweller for about seven years now (in various apartments and cities) and I always seem to have this problem. One, maybe two, of the burners work fine, while the others start smoking as soon as I turn them on. This isn’t usually a problem - I can use the ones that don’t smoke and cook for myself.
But, when I want to cook more than one dish at a time, I’ve got issues.
What’s the best way to clean these? They’re electric coil type burners. Can I pop them out of the stove and soak them in the sink for a while, followed by a good scrubbing? Should I not soak them? Am I going to destroy them by scrubbing them down?
I really want to make full and proper use of my stove, but I really don’t know how to stop the smoking, and don’t relish the idea of setting off the smoke detector.