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I need a Small Commercial Convection Oven, suggestions?

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sharonk

I need a Small Commercial Convection Oven, suggestions?

Hi All,

Up until now  I haven't needed ovens in my small commercial kitchen because I assemble gluten-free sourdough bread mixes. No baking involved. Now, I'm developing a super healthy snack bar and need a good convection oven. I am looking for a half size commercial convection oven that plugs into 120.

Anyone have experience with these ovens? I see a few brands online but not many reviews: Cadco, Blodgett, Axis...

I appreciate any help out there!

many thanks,

sharon

 

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barryvabeach

Sharon, there have been a few here though bought Cadco, but not much in the way of reviews.  If you end up buying something, please come back and post, since in is a desert here.  

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yozzause

hi guys if you use the search button you can find posts from past and present members  if you search "ovens" there are over 200 pages with reference to ovens.

Being specific such as "cadco ovens " will bring up 5 pages of articles.

As recently as November 2013 Varda posted an article on her new oven. The bread Fairy also wrote a review  article on her oven.

Most members are more than happy to receive a PM (Personal Message )  if you have a need for extra info.

Kind regards Yozza

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Bob S.

I have been using a half size Moffat convection oven for many years and it is still running strong. I have an older model (discontinued) that has a capacity of 2 half sheet pans. The newer models can handle 3 half sheet pans. My old Moffat oven runs on 120VAC and draws 13.3 amps (1.6 Kw load). Here is the link to Moffat:

http://www.moffatusa.com/products/turbofan-e22m3-half-size-tray-manual-electric-convection-oven

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sharonk

Hi Bob S.

Thanks for your response. I looked at the link and the oven looks nice and solid. Do you use it in a commercial or home setting? and about how often do you use it?

Any cons about it at all? is it easy to clean? is it noisy? hot to the touch outside?

many thanks,

sharonk

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Bob S.

I can only comment on my older model E25 Turbofan oven. It is somewhat noisy, probably due to the powerful blower. The newer version boasts a low velocity fan, which might lower the noise level. The thermostat is accurate most of the time, but drifts occasionally. I always monitor the temperature with an oven thermometer.

I use the oven at home several times a week, mostly for bread. It does a great job roasting meats. The oven is easy to clean (it never really gets all that dirty), and like most commercial ovens it bears a "CAUTION HOT" label on the oven door.

Bob

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SLKIRK

CHECK OUT VOLLRATH OVENS --- SOME WHAT PRICEY BUT A GOOD PRODUCT --- I JUST BOUGHT THE MODEL40702 CHEYENNE OVEN AND LOVE IT ---

 

TONYK

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sharonk

Hi Tonyk,

Thanks for your input. I just recently heard of the Vollrath...like last weekend! I like the look if it. Is it very noisy?

thanks,

sharonk

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SLKIRK

SHARON,

I HAVE MY OVEN IN MY LAUNDRY ROOM --- MY AC/HEATER IS IN THE SAME ROOM AND I CANNOT TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MY AC/HEATER WHEN EITHER IS RUNNING SO I WOULD SAY THAT THE NOISE IS NOT A PROBLEM --- I SUGGEST IF YOU GET ONE YOU SHOULD REDUCE YOUR NORMAL COOKING TEMP AND COOKING TIME BY AT LEAST 20 TO 25 % --- IT IS AN  AMAZING OVEN AND I VERY HAPPY SO FAR --- FYI --- I BOUGHT A BOSCH MIXER AND IT LASTED AROUND A YEAR AND DIED --- I THEN GOT AN ANKARSRUM MIXER --- IT IS WONDERFUL --- IT TOOK ME SEVERAL TRIES TO LEARN HOW TO USE IT I AM SO HAPPY --- IF YOU GET EITHER IF THESE APPLIANCES I WILL BE HAPPY TO TELL YOU WHAT I HAVE LEARNED ---

 

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sharonk

Hi Slkirk and All,

I decided to order the Vollrath 40703. It was in a midrange price point and seemed to do all that I needed. The less noisy fan was attractive to me since my commercial kitchen is rather small. It gets delivered next week so I"ll post back about it!

Thanks all for your suggestions.

best,

sharonk

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sharonk

Hi All,

Thanks again for your suggestions and helpful input. I've been working with the new Vollrath and am very impressed with it. It is fairly quiet, cool to the touch, easy to clean and seems to bake very well. Still learning and testing, though. The only thing that I was disappointed about is that it says it fits standard half size pans but in actuality they only work on the bottom shelves because the ones above have obstructions like bolts, lights and something else that was in the way. I can work around that but for the price I don't think I should have to work around anything.

That said, I am happy with the choice I made.

Here are the cookies I'm still perfecting and hope to sell at farmer's markets. Sprouted Almond.

all the best,

sharonk 

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chris319

Glad you're happy with your choice.

Are those heating elements I see on the right side of the cavity? What I don't see is a bake element which is generally located on the bottom of most ovens.