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Oven Fan Add-On?

CJRoman's picture
CJRoman

Oven Fan Add-On?

Hope this isn't a stupid question....but is there a fan you can buy FOR a conventional oven to help it act LIKE a convection?

kenlklaser's picture
kenlklaser

Prior to the year 2000, maybe the 1990s, you could buy a fan (at Kmart) that sat on the top shelf of the oven.  This patent describes such a device, a spring-powered wind-up fan.  I haven't a clue if that patent, and the fan I'm remembering at Kmart, are related.

minitots's picture
minitots

The fan kit that sat on the top shelf of the oven - Have you ever found one?

minitots's picture
minitots

We wonder if you have found that portable fan - We have also been looking for this sort of item.

We found heaps advertised on eBay - https://www.ebay.com/itm/145676404044

barryvabeach's picture
barryvabeach

It isn't a stupid question,  I am not aware of any such fan - one challange would be how to power it - batteries would not do very well in a hot oven.  If you are try to get the effect of better distribution of heat, the only option I know of it to regularly open the door and turn the loaves, or even change the racks they are on.  While the best convection ovens have a third element which is used to heat the air, many ovens labeled as convection have a fan at the back that just circulates the air heated by the baking element or burner - that can give better results than without such a fan - but it isn't guaranteed.

gerhard's picture
gerhard

 

Just a couple of observations 

  • I have pork ribs in the oven. I had to open the door a jar to keep the temperature down to 130 F

What kind of pork ribs do you cook at 130ºF,  ribs should reach an internal temperature closer to 190ºF kind of hard at 130º.  Having given this some thought by  setting the oven up the way you have the electric elements will stay on constantly so you are cooking the ribs through radiating heat not the air temperature of the oven.

  •  I just took a mediums size house fan and I have it pointed at the opening of the oven and yawaw. I have a convection oven.

You don't really have a convection oven you have developed a way of venting the heated air in your oven.

minitots's picture
minitots

Pointing a mediums size house fan to the ajar oven door?...  Does it work?  -  You have us intrigued - We will try this

Although if you are still look for a portable fan kit for a conventional oven - we found heaps - Sold by Nordic Ware Oven-air - they probably still sell these in the US  [but not is Australia ]

AFTERSHOCK1268's picture
AFTERSHOCK1268

I too am looking to find one of those fans... Spring driven saucer shape fan.

I THIBK it is made by kitchenaire  I have seen them a few times on ebay.

LOL I could kick my butt for not getting it when I saw it

they are cool they are spring driven kinda like a watch :) 

GOOD LUCK!

 

P.S. IF YOU FIND MORE THAN ONE LOL!!!

minitots's picture
minitots

We found then being sold by;- Nordice Ware Oven-aire  -  https://www.ebay.com/itm/145676404044  -  If you are in ther US then you can find one fairly quickly - We from Australia, need to do some searching.

AFTERSHOCK1268's picture
AFTERSHOCK1268

I wasn't going to pay that ransom for shipping but here is the fan you are looking for!

Even if you are like me with the shipping thing,  Here is what you are looking for!

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Nordic-Ware-Oven-Aire-Portable-Fan-Converts-Gas-or-Electric-Oven-to-Convection/183555421147?epid=1004553795&hash=item2abcc173...

minitots's picture
minitots

Thanks for that link - Searching deeper, I found a distributor in Australia (my country) - I will call them to see if they have this product. It works with a crank, to wind up the mechanism.

MORWE's picture
MORWE

But before buying and installing an oven fan, it's important to make sure the specific oven model supports that feature. Some oven models may have built-in convection cooking functions, so an extra fan installation wouldn't be needed.