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Old 11-05-2004, 12:06 AM   #1
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Fan in the oven. Huh?

My gas oven (a hand-me-down) has a fan inside. (I actually discovered this after I heard something churning inside the oven long after I had turned it off. I found out about the fan only then. Guess I pressed the Fan ON button accidentally.) There was no surviving user manual that came with the oven.

So, here's my stupid question -- when do I use this fan and what for? Thanks!

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Old 11-05-2004, 12:24 AM   #2
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Don't know what kind of oven you have or how old it is .. but that sounds like "maybe" a convection oven to me - lucky you!

If the fan circulates the air within the oven while your baking, roasting, etc. - that is great! You can use it just about all the time. It just circulates the hot air in the oven for more even cooking - that's a very good thing.
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Old 11-05-2004, 08:13 AM   #3
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Duhhh! I was kinda suspecting this but just wasn't sure. Thanks Michael! :oops:
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Hey Chop, I'm stopping over to your place to bake bread. Cool?

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Old 11-05-2004, 10:48 PM   #5
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Sure Ardge! C'mon over! I'm just on the opposite side of the world from you! A short hop. No excuses for being late! :)
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Old 11-07-2004, 08:27 AM   #6
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Just remember when you use a convection oven you made need to adjust both cooking temperature and cooking time.
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Old 11-07-2004, 03:03 PM   #7
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Our last oven I bought a gas range with a convection oven (fan in oven as you are describing) and you will find that your cooking times can be asdjusted as much as 30%less. Also on delicate cakes and pastries you must sometimes be aware that you do not want to use you fan excessively as sometimes they suffer from what I can best descibe as "wind burn" (only delicate, high butter content items)
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