Wall Ovens are made to be built into cabinets. They can be installed either under or over the bench. One of the most popular places for them is in an Oven Tower, where they are often paired with the microwave.
Some ovens are more versatile than others. The cheaper models have only two or three baking modes whereas better specified ovens can have up to ten. Most popular is the 8-function oven, which usually includes the choice of fan forced, fan assisted and conventional baking.
In Conventional Bake mode, the top and bottom heating elements are used to heat the oven cavity. It’s important to remember that the air temperature at different rack heights will vary (hottest near the top of the oven) so you need to experiment with cooking diffrent foods at different rack heights
In Fan Forced mode, a heating element behind a circular fan at the back of the oven cavity provides a stream of hot air into the oven cavity that has the effect of magnifying the cooking heat. Typically you would turn the heat down by about 20 degrees celcius when using fan forced rather than conventional mode. Some cooks consider fan forced mode too fierce for some baking.
In Fan Assisted mode the circular fan at the rear of the oven cavity operates without the heating element behind it. This has the effect of distributing the hot air arount the cavity and reducing hot spots.
Remember that when grilling (broiling in the USA), the door should be left ajar otherwise heat will build up in the oven and lead to cycling of the grilling element. This is when the grill switches on and off and leads to food not grilling properly.
Many folk with large families or who entertain, find that having two ovens is necessary. This can be achieved to some extent by having a double oven but these do tend to have a much smaller secondary cavity. Far better if you have the space, to have two full size ovens.
Wall ovens mostly come in standard sizes to fit standard cabinets, usually 600 mm and 900 mm wide. Do be mindful of the installation instructions though as they can affect your guarantee. Your supplier, electrician or cabinetmaker should be able to assist you with the appropriate advice.
A useful alternative to having two ovens and a microwave is to include a combination microwave and conventional oven. These sometimes include a grill also making them a very useful device indeed.
Unlike conventional ovens, they are not insulated or cooled so can get very hot to touch. They are primarily intended for benchtop use and if fitted into a cabinet, do need adequate ventilation. The instruction manual will advise about the ventilation requirements of each particular model.
Ensure that your kitchen supplier is aware if you intend to use one of these ovens in a cabinet. They can then make sure that it is properly provided for.
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