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Old 12-04-2014, 02:26 PM   #1
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Oven Temperature Accuracy

I was just curious. I read all the time about how inaccurate oven temperature regulators are, so I was wondering how many of you have tested your ovens.

I just got a new gas range with gas convection oven (GE Adora - 5 burner w/Lodge cast iron griddle/grill pan for the center burner). I checked the temp last week using an oven thermometer that I trust, and found it to be spot on at 350 F. I was pleasantly surprised after all of the comments I've seen about ovens being 25 or more off from the setting.

So far I'm pretty happy about everything with this range. The burners turn way down to simmer. Last night a made a pot (enameled cast iron Dutch oven) of chili and beans that simmered for well over an hour unattended without any sign of a burn. The same burner has a "turbo boil" setting that will boil a kettle of water in a hurry. I can't imagine ever voluntarily returning to an electric range.
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Old 12-04-2014, 02:29 PM   #2
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I was just curious. I read all the time about how inaccurate oven temperature regulators are, so I was wondering how many of you have tested your ovens.

I just got a new gas range with gas convection oven (GE Adora - 5 burner w/Lodge cast iron griddle/grill pan for the center burner). I checked the temp last week using an oven thermometer that I trust, and found it to be spot on at 350 F. I was pleasantly surprised after all of the comments I've seen about ovens being 25 or more off from the setting.

So far I'm pretty happy about everything with this range. The burners turn way down to simmer. Last night a made a pot (enameled cast iron Dutch oven) of chili and beans that simmered for well over an hour unattended without any sign of a burn. The same burner has a "turbo boil" setting that will boil a kettle of water in a hurry. I can't imagine ever voluntarily returning to an electric range.
I'm glad you're happy with your new range. Just for kicks, check your oven temps at higher and lower temps to be sure.
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Old 12-05-2014, 08:40 PM   #3
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I would keep that oven thermometer close at hand.
A brand new range will not remain accurate for ever.
I leave mine in the oven at all times and check it each time
the "beep" goes off, saying that the oven is at whatever
temp I have set it for. Most times I just wait about
5 more minutes before I even go and check.
I've re-calibrated my range once or twice myself along the way,
but then my mantra is 'nothing in life is perfect' :shrug:
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Old 12-06-2014, 01:36 AM   #4
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I would keep that oven thermometer close at hand.
A brand new range will not remain accurate for ever.
I leave mine in the oven at all times and check it each time
the "beep" goes off, saying that the oven is at whatever
temp I have set it for. Most times I just wait about
5 more minutes before I even go and check.
I've re-calibrated my range once or twice myself along the way,
but then my mantra is 'nothing in life is perfect' :shrug:
It's pretty common knowledge that most ovens need to be preheated longer than the thermostat allows for. When I checked mine, I let it go for at least 10 more minutes to let the temperature stabilize.
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Old 12-06-2014, 07:08 AM   #5
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My oven burns hot. So when the recipe calls for 350F. I set it at 325. And I do have an oven thermometer. I also discovered that if I place the container towards the back, whatever I am baking will brown more than I would like. So when I look at that thermometer, it says 350.
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Old 12-06-2014, 11:29 AM   #6
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I have a cheap 20 year old GE electric stove/range and wondered the very same thing.
My wife picked up an oven thermometer and the oven temp was spot on.
Has been and still is.
I was pleasantly surprised as I too expected it to be off.
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Old 12-06-2014, 12:02 PM   #7
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I've always kept an oven thermometer in my oven and, from time to time, check the accuracy of my oven. Over the years, this oven is almost 20 years old now, I have had to adjust the temperature, but not too many times.

My oven takes longer to preheat because the whole bottom rack, with open space for circulation, is lined with clay tiles. I keep them there to avoid hot spots and for bread baking and pizza. I discovered that since the tiles have been in the oven, I have more even heating.
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It's pretty common knowledge that most ovens need to be preheated longer than the thermostat allows for. When I checked mine, I let it go for at least 10 more minutes to let the temperature stabilize.
I guess what I was saying is that the oven may be spot on one day and then off the next, yanevaknow
I bake quite a bit, so I have found for consistent results, I keep the oven thermometer in the hot box, just to check.
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Old 12-06-2014, 12:18 PM   #9
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The oven at the farm is the most challenging oven to use for baking...we've changed the regulator, etc., and it is better, but it typically is 25 degrees hotter than what I select. Fortunately, I don't bake out there often. It seems to go wonky if I use it above 325. Before changing the regulator, to get the oven to be 350-375, I had to fiddle with it. Sometimes I had to have it set at 250, sometimes 300 and sometimes it would shoot up to 450! Lots of scorched bread was made in that oven...
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I have a cheap 20 year old GE electric stove/range and wondered the very same thing.
My wife picked up an oven thermometer and the oven temp was spot on.
Has been and still is.
I was pleasantly surprised as I too expected it to be off.
GE/Hotpoint ranges, even the cheapest ones often score high in Consumer Reports for good, even heating, accurate ovens.

When I lived in an apartment, the GE range there was surprisingly good.
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