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Bottoms burning with my RV oven

Doc Tracy's picture
Doc Tracy

Bottoms burning with my RV oven

I've been having a hard time getting my breads to come out right in my small RV oven. I've added a large (the entire bottom) 2" thick foot stone made of brick. I raised the rack to the next level so that it's as close to the top as I can get.

This oven is a little odd. It has one burner which is placed at nearly the midpoint of the oven with a thin piece of metal covering it. So, my rack is fairly close to the flame no matter what I do. There is no way to put anything under the flame, must cook above it.

I've pretty much given up on steaming (flame seems to go out when misting and no place to put a pan for steam) but I need to at least get this thing to cook more evenly. Unless I put the burner on really low, like 325, the bottom of my breads cook too fast. 

This is happening both with breads baked on a cookie sheet and in a loaf pan. I've given up on a pizza stone, that made it even worse. Maybe just move outside to the gas grill?

Any ideas? Should I get a different type of pan until I can one day move back into my house? This is incedibly frustrating and effecting my efforts to progess in baking skills.

Wordgirl's picture

I too had this problem with our RV oven. Everything burned on the bottom no matter what I tried. Then, I switched to using all glass bakeware (Pyrex, Corning, etc) and that helped. I still had to watch it close, but I could turn out biscuits and pies or meat loaves that were nearly good as in my home kitchen.

Doc Tracy's picture
Doc Tracy

Thanks, that's the type of help I was hoping for. I was wondering if something as simple as a different type of pan might work.

JavaGuy's picture

Maybe a sheet or two of aluminum foil would help too.

flournwater's picture

I think both ideas have merit and I'd try the both.  Seems to me you need insulation to minimize the conduction so another thing to try would be using a metal wire open weave trivet on the back of a cookie sheet to raise the bread pan (I'd go the Pyrex route) above the high heat conduction layers.  You might also want to try a moderately high heat at the start, then reduce the heat to something lower than you might use in a standard size oven (perhaps 375F) to finish the loaf.  Even if it takes a bit longer to finish baking, as long as it doesn't burn you're ahead of the game.

Another thing to try would be to use several thicknesses of aluminum foil on the rack, between your inverted cookie sheet and the bread pan, to reduce the amount of direct heat the pan experiences from the oddly situated flame source.

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Doc Tracy

Come to think of it, for a time I had foil on the rack for baking cookies because I didn't have a small enough pan. I think my burning problems may have coincided with removing the foil and I never put 2 and 2 together! Thanks for the ideas. Will make a cinnamon raisin bread tonight and see what happens.

Im also going to try some different pans per Mini's sggestions.

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Mini Oven


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Mini Oven

They sell a donut shaped wok here and it reflects the gas underneath  the pan through the middle and back onto the food with the use of a special lid.  Among other food stuffs, they advertise using a ring of dough, covered, browning both bottom and on top from the reflected heat.   Too expensive for only temporary.  The idea would be to use a big bunt pan or metal jello mold with a large hole in the middle... if you get my drift. 

I have a shiny spring form pan with a big hole that would work.   Another idea would be to use a cheapie pie pan or fold aluminum foil around a shelf right where the heat attacts to deflect it more around the object in the middle.  How about a shiny pan for the loaf?   Dark pans absorb heat and make the problem worse.  Try using reflective ones.


signe's picture

put a thinner tile on top of the burner      i have not had problems since in both my rv camper or my 5th wheel

cjs's picture

Another option - go with your grill. My trailer oven is a real challenge when we're on the road and I usually end up grilling darn near everything. But, I also grill my pizza at home because we prefer it cooked that way.

If your grill has a lid, why not try baking bread (indirect heat) on your grill also. I have not tried this, but I have seen recipes here and there saying it works. (I do want to try this method just for fun).

Good luck.