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Rofco B5 Oven Unboxing and Review

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mukgling

Rofco B5 Oven Unboxing and Review

I used a mini convection oven and a lodge pan while doing home baking, and the result wasn't bad. But I always had a strong desire to use a better oven. This is because baking results vary widely depending on the oven performance. I also looked at the expensive home ovens available in Korea, such as gierre, Unox, and Smeg. However, for me, who mainly bake bread, I thought that the convection oven had its limitations. While searching for the best home oven for bread baking, I learned about the Belgian Rofco oven. This oven is often mentioned on Instagram and in the bread-related community in the United States and Europe. This oven is mainly used in home bakers or small bakeries in the United States and Europe. (The house that uses the Rofco Oven is called the Micro Bakery.)

The characteristic of the Rofco B5 that I bought is that there is only a heated wire at the top, and a chamotte firebrick is placed at the bottom. The chamotte brick located at the bottom absorbs the heat from the top heating wire, so even if the oven door is opened or closed, heat is not easily taken away. It is a structure that works similar to the principle of an ancient wood fired oven.

It is constructed of stainless steel both inside and outside, and seems to have near-perfect insulation. It has a crude and simple design, but it seems to be an oven that is faithful to the essence of baking bread. It seems that no one has used it in Korea yet. Perhaps I am the first person to bring Rofco Oven to Korea. It cost quite a lot of money and time. Approximately KRW 2,500,000 (USD 2,300) was spent in the total of the oven price + shipping fee + tax. Since it is an overseas electronic product, there were doubts about whether it would work well, but I did it. I also replaced it with a Korean plug myself, and the test result was really very satisfactory. You can check the details of the unboxing process, plug replacement process, and sourdough bread test by using the subtitle function while watching the video.

 

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barryvabeach

Nice loaf and nice video.  I especially liked the  time lapse portion during the bake.  You certainly got a lot of oven spring.  How do you compare the results to your results with the Lodge pan?  

mukgling's picture
mukgling

It is also great to use lodge pan.

However, lodge pans are small and difficult to handle.

On the other hand, the new rofco oven gives me great results while I use it comfortably!

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loaflove

Wow nice!  I would think you can use the oven for pizza too?

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Yippee

It's impressive that you had made excellent bread using a simple mini oven and cast-iron combo cooker. I believe this new oven will take your baking to the next level. I look forward to you sharing more delicious bread with us!

Yippee