I put the evil day off as long as possible. But with all the children coming home for Christmas I wanted to show the kids that the old man was capable of keeping a decent house and enjoying his retirement. So I started at 11 AM. Didn't finish till 4 PM. Arrgh.
Cleaning this oven is not for the faint hearted. It needs spintites, pliers, a trouble light, in addition to Easy Off, Brillo, lots of old newpapers to mop up the sludge, a sacrificial sponge. This oven has a heating element floating on spacers an inch above the oven floor. I's gotta come out if you want to get the bottom of the oven clean. Takes spintites to get it loose. This time there was a scary zorch as I pulled the heating element out. That didn't happen last time. So I tripped gaily down to the cellar and pulled the two forty amp stove breakers.
Lotta Easy Off. Give it an hour to bite into the crud. Mop up with old newspapers, then give it a shot of FantasTic and wipe down with a sponge that you will never use again. Uggh. Easy Off the broiler, the burner pans, the oven grilles.
It's done. I pushed the oven breakers in. Haven't had the guts to turn the stove on yet.
Post script. Stove works, but there is a POWERFUL odor of Easy Off when the oven heats up. Hopefully that will fade away with time.