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Old 05-06-2012, 07:44 PM   #11
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I think that Harry and Andy make a good point that the double oven version has to fit in the same space as the single oven version, so it logically follows that the the two ovens are going to be smaller than the original oven. Average consumer ovens are IMO just about the right size for the largest jobs like cooking a turkey. I wouldn't want to give up that larger size to have two independent ovens. I can hardly ever remember needing to bake or roast two things at different temperatures, and when I've cooked dissimilar things I've always been able to compromise the temperature setting and adjust the cooking times to get both things cooked correctly.

I don't have any experience with double ovens. Perhaps there's a way to turn the broiler compartment into a second oven, maybe a choice to provide direct heat from above for broiling, or indirect heat for baking/roasting. If they can do this then maybe the compromise for smaller size might not be as much. But speaking for myself I would not want to sacrifice much if any of the main oven size just for the dubious luxury of having two independent ovens.

MG I think you should compare how often you might want to cook a larger item (a turkey perhaps) in your main oven with how often you might want to be able to cook two things at different temperatures. If you can answer this question then it should lead you to the best choice.
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Old 05-06-2012, 07:48 PM   #12
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You have all made great points. I believe I am going to physically put my eyes on one ASAP! From here it looks marvelous! I hope it does "in the flesh"! Thank you guys!
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Old 05-06-2012, 07:54 PM   #13
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MG, take a turkey with you! Probably should take Matt too...
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Old 05-06-2012, 07:59 PM   #14
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MG I think you should compare how often you might want to cook a larger item (a turkey perhaps) in your main oven with how often you might want to be able to cook two things at different temperatures. If you can answer this question then it should lead you to the best choice.
GG, that's a very valid point...all things considered, I live literally 3mins from the massive kitchen I work in and have full run of that incredible kitchen day or night, so I am covered if I need to cook a large bird. Mostly here at home, I am just "experimenting" on my family! I was considering the use of less energy if using only 1 of the ovens....a bit smaller...less energy? That's my thinking anyway....trying to read all the specs on said oven!
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Old 05-06-2012, 08:18 PM   #15
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MG I think you should pay pretty close attention to specs. You might find the larger oven doesn't use appreciably energy difference than the smaller one. Much of the heat is probably lost in the walls, floor, back, top and door. An oven twice the volume does not require twice the walls, floor, back top and door, so escaping waste energy does not rise proportionately with the volume of the oven. (Keep in mind we're discussing an oven perhaps 10%-25% larger, not one twice the size; the difference may be miniscule.) Heating more air is the least of the problems; air heats quickly without much energy (more easily than water for example). Probably a lot of that energy gets used up heating what you are cooking, the turkey for example. The energy expended raising the temperature of a turkey from room temperature to 165 degrees is not going to be any different irrespective to the size of the oven.

I'm curious if you or anybody can give an example of a menu that requires two ovens because the temperature and cooking time of the individual dishes can't be adjusted to cook them at the same temperature. The examples I can imagine, perhaps cooking a turkey and at the same time cooking a loaf of bread or pie just don't impact me. Either (or both) the bread and pie could be cooked earlier and if you had to really have them oven fresh you could finish them off in the oven after the turkey is done.

I've never needed two ovens. Not ever. I'd like to see example of who has, and why?
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I have two racks in my large oven. There really isn't room for another dish on the rack that has the large roasting pan. Sometimes the food in the large pan is large enough that there isn't really room for the second rack. I have occasionally wanted a second oven when baking a dessert at the same time as roasting meat and potatoes. Not just a difference in temperature, but also a space and timing concern.
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Old 05-06-2012, 08:33 PM   #17
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HELP! My oven selfishly died, been searching and saw 2 door, slide in ovens. Does anyone have one? Good or Bad idea?
We renovated our kitchen a few years ago. We got a regular/convection oven with a warming drawer. In retrospect, I would have gotten a regular-sized oven with a small separate oven, like this: Maytag MGR6775ADW / MGR6775ADQ / MGR6775ADB Gas Range
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Old 05-06-2012, 09:50 PM   #18
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I've never needed two ovens. Not ever. I'd like to see example of who has, and why?
GG, I was born, raised and remain in the south where everything is fried right down to pickles and oreos! I OTOH, hate fried foods and have tried to avoid them for my children! That said, I broil and bake ALOT! I think it would be very helpful to be able to do both at one time! Interesting thought on your part about the energy!

And I agree with you Taxlady!
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Old 05-06-2012, 10:03 PM   #19
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Hey MG as I began reading your post I wondered if you even needed an oven at all!

I like all cooking methods. I'm not too enamored of deep fried foods though. I believe it's good to keep them to a minimum. On the other hand I'm an Asian cuisine enthusiast and they have plenty of cooking where only a minimum of fats are used (stir frying) where the dishes can be very healthy, and often feature large amounts of healthy vegetables.

I think instead of broil 'n bake I'm more likely to grill 'n bake, using my oven in conjunction with an outdoor gas grill, perhaps to accomplish the same ends. You can often switch cooking methods from broil to barbecue or grill--after all it's just the difference of whether the heat is above or below.

I'm not certain of my energy related comments (and no expert) but I think I'm right about paying close attention to your specs. Unfortunately the information you need might not be evident from the specs alone.
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Measure your space and head to Lowe's, Home Depot, Sears, Best Buy and look at all they have to offer. Grab up all the booklets they have on each and question, question, question. Take notes! Then walk away from the salesmen and think about it. Make your decision at home.
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