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Old 09-19-2006, 05:13 AM   #1
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Fan assisted gas oven advantage?

We're just about the upgrade our old gas range/oven and got stumped on what type of gas range to purchase.

We love to cook and regularly bake cakes and pastries. Due to the high cost of electricity as compared with gas (LPG), we've decided on purchasing a gas range/oven. Currently, there are two types of gas oven available here, fan-asissted and the conventional oven. Since the fan-asissted oven is approximately 10% to 12% more expensive than the conventional oven, we we're wondering if the advantages of a fan-asisted gas oven is worth that price difference?

any thoughts?

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Old 09-19-2006, 05:29 AM   #2
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I'm not clear on what you mean by "fan-assisted!" Gas convection ovens have fans, just like electric convection ovens do. I've never used a gas convection oven. My jennAir ProStyle is a dual-fuel range, meaning the cooktop is gas and the oven is electric. As well, any convections I've ever used in restaurants were also electric.
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Old 09-19-2006, 05:58 AM   #3
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I think a fan asissted gas oven is similar to a convection oven? the gas burners are situated below while the fan is at the back wall of the oven, does that make it a gas convection oven? if so, does a gas convection oven pose a significant improvement over a conventional gas oven?
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Old 09-19-2006, 06:09 AM   #4
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We used a free standing commercial gas convection oven at the restaurant, which was later replaced with a similar sized electric one. Functionally, they seemed fairly much the same. The gas unit, I think, came up to temp a bit faster from stone cold; it was somewhat noisier, which I doubt had to do with the fuel; the electric oven was more flexible for position and venting, which is why the owners changed. If you bake a lot, you will probably break even, money-wise, in the end. Baking times are significantly reduced, as are hot and cold spots, minimizing the cool down you get by opening the oven for frequent rotation.
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Old 09-19-2006, 06:19 AM   #5
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thanks... so a gas convection oven would bake faster than a conventional gas oven?
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Old 09-19-2006, 06:25 AM   #6
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Yes, all other things being equal, the gas convection oven will bake faster than the conventional gas oven.
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Old 09-19-2006, 06:29 AM   #7
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I'm thinking that temp throughout the inside the oven would be more even translating to a reduction of the need of rotating of the cake being baked?
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Old 09-19-2006, 08:02 AM   #8
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I have heard that gas ovens are notorious for uneven heat which is most important in baking so I would think that convection AKA fan assisted would be best for a gas oven. Yes, it cooks faster but there are recipes that work that out.
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Old 09-19-2006, 09:19 AM   #9
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I am a "fan" of convection ovens, gas or electric. It's worth it.
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Old 09-19-2006, 10:25 AM   #10
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The convection feature is most effective with baking cokies and such and less effective with roasts and such.
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