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Mono Harmony / Poilin deck oven

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aalexbettler

Mono Harmony / Poilin deck oven

hello bakers!

has anyone used either a Mono Harmony deck oven or a Poilin Stratos deck oven?

would you recommend them?

 

Also, what would you recommend checking when looking at buying an oven? Any tips?

 

Thank you!

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MichaelLily

 I look at BTUs and footprint, cost, and capacity.  The standard decks are nice because you can stack them.  I came into possession of a Rotoflex and it works great for me.  Any deck will do, but you will want some system for steam.  I rigged my own.

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aalexbettler

Michael,

thanks as well :-) 
Can i ask what BTU stands for?
Footprint, you mean the energy it takes (kWh)?
Yes, will need steam and water filter (am in UK, very hard water). 

xx

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drogon

btu - British thermal units - a measure of power usually applied to gas fired ovens. Kw for electric. About 1000 BTU per Kw.

footprint - physical floor size.

If you become a member of the real bread campaign then I think Tom Chandly ovens have a deal for members. (Like half price or something)

get an in-line water softner - no need here in Devon, but I have friends who won't be without them further up country..

-Gordon

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aalexbettler

gordon, thanks for this. went to see a mono harmony yesterday.. beautiful machine, maybe too good for me..(has programmes)

yes, water is a must here

this oven is 9kw per deck, which is quite a lot!

also, it only goes up to 220C, which i was suprised as am used to bake at 250C! any idea why or if ok?


am already a member but dont like tom chandley ovens, even though cheap, i dont find them reliable..

is there any other brand you would recommend looking into?

 

many thanks!

xx

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drogon

... then I might be able to advise more, but my microbakery just has a Rofco B40 and Lincat.

However on the 220°C thing - not sure that's a problem. That's all I set the Rofco to and it produces some fine loaves. Any higher and they get a little too dark for my liking. It does go to 300°C though and one day I'll use that to make some pizza... I still run my Lincat to 250°C though for similar results.

How many loaves at a time are you looking to bake? I've seen photos of someone with 4 Rofcos! (They're 3Kw each)

-Gordon