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« on: December 01, 2007, 07:35:12 AM »

Ok guys and gals,

LOML wants to get rid of the microwave in the bus and replace it with a convection oven. I don't have a problem with that as long as I'm not making a mistake, I don't want to rebuild the cabinet to find out its not going to work. We do not have an oven, just the cook top and the microwave at this point.

If you have tried both, what do you prefer?
Can the convection oven be mounted in a cabinet? or counter top only?
Will the convection do most things the microwave will do?

1500 watts seems like it would be quite a drain on the battery bank, I would guess that for longer cooking times it means firing up the generator if not plugged into a power pole.


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« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2007, 07:43:13 AM »

Jim,
   When we set up the kitchen in our MC-8, here is what we did and why.  We installed a 3 burner
LP cooktop and a microwave/convection oven.  Part of our reasoning was that we were definately going to have a microwave, so why not make that space be the oven also. This freed up the space where the LP oven would have been below the cooktop. We use this space for storing pots & pans. 
   Although we, or should I say Paula (who is the cook in our family) does not do a lot of cooking in the oven, she has never had any problems when cooking in the convection oven.  YMMV, Jack
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« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2007, 07:48:43 AM »

Jack,
What I get from your answer is that the convection oven is also a microwave?
Or is that just a better machine that combines both?
If thats the case it seems to be a no brainer to buy one.

Obviously you can tell that I don't cook a lot, (my body has benefited from good cooking over the years though)

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« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2007, 07:55:41 AM »

Our unit is a Panasonic Microwave/Convection oven.  it is a single unit and can be used as a microwave OR convection oven.  I know what you mean about not cooking, fortunately for me Paula is a wonderful cook.  Jack
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« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2007, 08:08:53 AM »

Jim, DML also has a combination convection oven/microwave oven. Although I was originally skeptical about the convection oven, it works great as well as the microwave. Go for it!

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« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2007, 08:11:06 AM »

The wife wanted a gas oven when I was building the kitchen ....I said "NO" ...I was pretty brave...LOL. I put in a 3 burner stove top and a Microwave/Convection oven /w hoodrange fan. She fought me tooth and nail on it until she cooked with it and she loved it.
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« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2007, 08:13:45 AM »

Walmart here was selling a Microwave-Convection Combination Oven for about $70.

Not real big, but it will do just about everything we need. I have it on my Christmas list.

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« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2007, 08:24:29 AM »

Microwave or coal. Microwave or coal.  Guess which one Santa's gonna bring him. Clue number one...it's Dallas doing the asking.
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« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2007, 08:38:26 AM »

My boss chose a conventional microwave and a toaster oven.  She really likes the toaster oven and it also makes toast which the combinations don't do.  If the microwave ever breaks though I'll probably replace it with a combination but we'll still carry the toaster oven.
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« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2007, 09:20:28 AM »

Jim,

Although I don't do too much baking type cooking in in it, I'm very pleased with my decision to install a GE, built in, Microwave/Convection oven. I installed it over the two burner cooktop, and it includes a built in vent/fan system.

If you have the room, I don't feel you can go wrong with a M/C oven, as they are easy to learn to operate, and can do almost any type of cooking you'll want.

Good luck!

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« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2007, 09:31:50 AM »

That was one of the reasons to go to a rally, to learn. We decided after TBR 2007 that convection was the way to go. We purchased a three burner cooktop a couple of months back, next is the convection oven. The "Boss" said that's the way to go, I took her word for it as she is the main cook. I use the grill and that's about it.  Wink

Just need to determine size and what flavor she wants!

Now I have to get rid of an older propane oven that was in the coach when we bought it, probably get more at the recycle place then to sell it.

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« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2007, 09:32:42 AM »

Hi Jim,

I also did as the others stated. just a cooktop and a over the range Conv/Microwave.

It works very well and freed up space below the cooktop for lot of drawer space.

I choose the Dometic brand because they are made for rugged use as we are in moving vehicles..

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« Reply #12 on: December 01, 2007, 09:39:40 AM »

After using one in my house I quickly decided that I must install one in my Eagle. I will put it in next week!
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« Reply #13 on: December 01, 2007, 11:07:17 AM »

I do not care for a toaster oven in an RV. It is generally much bigger in physical size than a regular toaster and is really too small to do much in the way of baking anything.
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« Reply #14 on: December 01, 2007, 01:16:02 PM »

We installed a 3 burner stove with oven. We use the oven some. Mostly for cooking frozen bread, which raises really well when we put it on the hump over the engine while traveling. When we reach our destination, we pop it in the oven and have fresh baked bread in just a few minutes of baking.

My intentions are to get a microwave/convection oven to install above the stove when I get the cabinetry built. We have had micro/convection ovens in the house for years, and although we don't use the convection much in the house, I think I'll use it more
in the bus, especially when plugged in, or when I get my generator. We currently use a Kenmore unit in the house. I cooked the Thanksgiving pies in them this year because the turkey was in the main oven. It worked well, but at one point, it overheated and shut down. It came back on after it had time to cool (about 30 minutes). I think the problem was that there was too much stuff on the counter around it. Boxes of crackers and cereal and baking stuff and such. I cleared all that away, and after it cooled and came back on, I finished the pies with no more problems.

If you install a microwave/convection, make sure it has plenty of air circulation around it for cooling. Don't build it tight into the cabinetry. Better to mount it on an open shelf.

I've been wondering if there might be a way to mount it on pantograph arms such that it could be pulled down to use, and pushed up against the ceiling out of the way when not in use. Haven't figured out a good way, yet.

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