You know that distinctive smell that comes with every new car? Well, it turns out ovens have their own version of the "new car smell," but it isn't something you really want to be living with. According to CNET, new ovens often have uncured binding agents in the insulation, protective oil residues, and even the occasional forgotten zip tie, that if not taken care of will add some distinctly un-homely odors, and potentially even smoke, to your first few attempts at dinner. And unless you spent your childhood downwind of a chemical factory, that's not a meal you will enjoy.
Fortunately however, there's an easy solution. Start by making sure you've removed all the zip ties and packing material that might be in your oven, then wash the inside surfaces and racks to remove any unwanted oils or manufacturing residues. Next open some windows, and turn on your kitchen hood if you have one, then set your oven to the highest temperature it will allow and let it run for half an hour. When the time is up, let it cool, then wipe it out one more time. In stubborn cases you may need to repeat this procedure more than once, but if you want your food to taste as good as your shiny new food factory looks, it's worth taking the time to do it right. As it turns out, this burn out procedure is also good for removing that new car smell…which would be great if it didn't remove the rest of the car at the same time.