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CJtheDeuce

I think I got a good deal

I bought an oven/proofer combo from a closed blimpie sandwich franchise for 300 bucks. I'm still a few years away from having a place to plug this in but darn it a guy can dream can't he ? I looked up the Mfgr web site & wow they want huge piles of money for these things. I'm thinking of just getting the proofer section running out in my gagage for now to proof my Ciabatta in. It's funny I started out looking up information on how to build my own proofer & ended up with a 6 foot oven in the garage. My wife just smiled & walked back in the house.


Charlie

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Ford

How compassionate of her.  But compassion means, "Deep awareness of the suffering of another coupled with the wish to relieve it."  Maybe you  need the compassion.  A six foot oven?  Wow!  Go for it and open your own bakery.


Ford

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jrudnik

Bring your own dough? What a steal!

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MNBäcker

Commercial Proofers are a nice way to improve capacity and efficiency when it comes to baking:) I picked up a used Metro CM2000 Proofer/Holding cabinet. Even though I don't need to prove a dozen loaves at a time right now, it will come in handy when my WFO is built next year, and I will crank out more breads. Right now, I just wheel it into the kitchen from our coat closet (it fits perfectly in there), set the temp and humidity and start proofing 30 minutes later (usually just my 4 loaves I bake at a time).


BTW, Charlie - I went the same route you did: I looked at building my own proof box (had even bought parts already), when I saw one advertised on Craigslist. That one fell through (they wanted too much money), but on my way home I decided to stop at a restaurant supply store... the rest is history. I got a bigger model at a better price. The nice thing about the commercial units is that, in almost all cases, you can get manuals and parts online if needed.


Good luck with your unit!


Stephan

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CJtheDeuce

to be legal & sell home baked bread they have cottage industry rules I have to abide by. So I can't use a commercial oven at home. I fit 4 free form ciabatta breads in my Jen Air at a time & bake 8 each Sunday so its only an hour of oven time but they take 4 hours to proof at room temp in my kithchen. I'm guessing this proofer can greatly reduce that time.


I'm wondering if any members are familiar with this oven/ proofer combo? Is it possible to electrically separate the proofer function from the oven, the rules don't say I cant use a commercial proofer at home.


Charlie

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MNBäcker

Charlie,


what's the model number? There should be a little silver tag somewhere with model and serial number. Once you have that, google it (along with the manufacturer). You should be able to find a manual on the manufacturer's website.


So you're saying you can't use a commercial oven to bake things at home that you plan to sell at a Farmers Market? That's interesting - I wonder what the reasoning behind that rule is? What difference would it make if you use a "home oven" or a commercial oven, as long as it's located on your personal property?


Stephan

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CJtheDeuce

I attended an informational meeting with a state rep reading the rules on bringing your home made goods to market, a good meeting with labeling regs & such. They were real big on the oven thing & not selling across state lines as that would be interstate commerce a no no without a license. Then he explains that if I pay 10 bucks to be inspected & become an official home bakery I can use what ever oven I want & sell bread to the michganders. Unfortunately you can not have pets & be a home bakery. As much as I love baking I'm not getting rid of my dachshund, he the one that forgives me first when I mess up a recipe.


The oven is a super systems OP-3


Charlie

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MNBäcker

The manual can be found here. I didn't read through it, but I'd be surprised if you wouldn't be able to operate the oven and proofer independently.


 


Stephan