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new oven vents excessive heat

rgskolnick's picture
rgskolnick

new oven vents excessive heat

I've just finished my DIY kitchen reno and am beginning to bake again with my new GE gas range. My concern is that an excessive amount of heat seems to be venting out the top. Is that just an inescapable part of the gas oven? Before this one I had an ancient gas range that also sent out a lot of heat, but I assumed that was just age and poor design. Before these two, I had an electric wall oven and I don't remember it leaking an inordinate amount. If I replaced the new GE with a dual fuel model, would I have less heat escaping? Thanks for any thoughts!

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PMcCool

rgskolnick,

If you are accustomed to an electric oven, then a gas oven's vent flow probably will seem "excessive".  However, the gas oven requires a constant flow of air to provide oxygen to the flame that heats the oven.  Therefore, a lot more air (necessarily) moves through a gas oven than through an electric oven. 

If, by dual fuel range you mean a range with gas burners on the cooktop and electric oven(s), then yes, less hot air will be vented from that electric oven than from your present gas oven.  (Remember that the hot air coming from your gas oven is actually the by-products of combustion, not simply air that had been warmed in the oven.  If it were a gas furnace instead, that stream would be sent up the chimney.  Never, never, NEVER block the vents on your gas oven, even if you want to trap steam in the oven while baking.  You could create any one of several different safety hazards by doing so.)  Even so, electric ovens are also vented and lose part of their heat through the vents. 

PMcCool

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rgskolnick

PMcCool, Thanks for the insights. I think part of the problem may have been that I had baking sheets blocking air flow through the oven and (possibly) diverting it to the vent. I'll try again with less in the oven--although I worry about what happens when I put my baking stones in. We'll see...

Rochelle